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  1. feeling or showing love; warmly affectionate; fond: loving glances.
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Origin of loving

before 1000; Middle English lovyng; replacing Middle English lovende, Old English lufiende. See love, -ing2
Related formslov·ing·ly, adverblov·ing·ness, nounnon·lov·ing, adjectiveun·lov·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lovingness

Historical Examples

  • I seem to know the very deeps of her lovingness—and understand her.

    In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • But to have bound him with his own lovingness, to have slain him with his own sweetness, this was a cruel thought.


    Miriam Coles Harris

  • It is pleasant to turn back to Bernards lovingness and mercy.

  • This is a good sign of the humility and lovingness of your spirit: how is the test borne?

  • I have no wisdom of my own, no strength of mind of my own, no goodness of my own, no lovingness of my own.

British Dictionary definitions for lovingness


  1. feeling, showing, or indicating love and affection
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Derived Formslovingly, adverblovingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovingness


Old English lufenda (see love (v.)). Loving cup is attested from 1808. Lovingkindness was Coverdale's word.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lovingness


see tender loving care.

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