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[ fond-nis ]


  1. the state or quality of being fond.
  2. tenderness or affection.
  3. doting affection.
  4. a liking or weakness for something:

    He has a fondness for sweets.

    Synonyms: preference, partiality, predilection

  5. Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.

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Other Words From

  • self-fondness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fondness1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; fond 1, -ness
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Example Sentences

Miss Manners’ fondness for handwritten letters is not merely due to her liking the smell of paper and ink.

Street vendors are ubiquitous on the city’s landscape, but New Yorkers have a particular fondness for the Christmas tree migrants.

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Take, for example, our mongrel Mitty, whose fondness for chasing sticks was obsessive.

When it comes to you, she is hampered by a mix of fondness and condescension.

The separation of scales suggests they’ll need to dig deep to overcome nature’s fondness for concealing its finer points from curious giants like us.

He's watching it because of his fondness for Bergman and because, he says, “She'll be nervous about my opinion.”

Among Republicans, this disappointment has translated into what looks like a renewed fondness for interventionism.

Over the years I developed a special fondness for almost everyone I met there.

Another memory I have of youthful fondness for the beach concerns tiny bikinis.

I have a fuzzy memory of fondness for the beach when I was young.

This judicial bent of the child is a curious one and often develops a priggish fondness for setting others morally straight.

This had flattered his pride and his fondness for all dumb creatures had made them dear to him beyond his own belief.

Here we saw many types of the Yorkshire man, famed for his shrewdness and fondness for what we would call "dickering."

Meggy had her ride, and in the days that followed she had many others and the girl's fondness for Betty became almost worship.

In fact, the object of her fondness was Spencer Cowper, who was already married.