the state or quality of being fond.
tenderness or affection.
a liking or weakness for something: He has a fondness for sweets.
Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.
- self-fondness, noun
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How to use fondness in a sentence
Miss Manners’ fondness for handwritten letters is not merely due to her liking the smell of paper and ink.Miss Manners: How to ask indirectly about a missing gift | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Street vendors are ubiquitous on the city’s landscape, but New Yorkers have a particular fondness for the Christmas tree migrants.Even COVID can’t stop New York City’s sidewalk Christmas tree vendors | matthewheimer | December 24, 2020 | Fortune
Take, for example, our mongrel Mitty, whose fondness for chasing sticks was obsessive.Traveling through the pandemic in the company of dogs | Walter Nicklin | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
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.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics | Charlie Wood | September 17, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
He's watching it because of his fondness for Bergman and because, he says, “She'll be nervous about my opinion.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Has Friendship With Israel Become a Casualty of War? | Malcolm MacDougall | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Children's Ways | James Sully
This had flattered his pride and his fondness for all dumb creatures had made them dear to him beyond his own belief.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Here we saw many types of the Yorkshire man, famed for his shrewdness and fondness for what we would call "dickering."British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Meggy had her ride, and in the days that followed she had many others and the girl's fondness for Betty became almost worship.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
In fact, the object of her fondness was Spencer Cowper, who was already married.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay