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  1. the quality or state of being warm; moderate or gentle heat.
  2. the sensation of moderate heat.
  3. liveliness of feelings, emotions, or sympathies; ardor or fervor; enthusiasm or zeal: She spoke her mind with great warmth. There was warmth in his greeting and in his handshake.
  4. the quality of being intimate and attached: All children need warmth and affection from their families.
  5. an effect of brightness, cheerfulness, coziness, etc., achieved by the use of warm colors: The room has warmth since it was redecorated.
  6. the means or ability to produce a sensation of heat: a jacket with little warmth.
  7. slight anger or irritation: Her denial betrayed some warmth.

Origin of warmth

First recorded in 1125–75, warmth is from the Middle English word wermth. See warm, -th1
Related formswarmth·less, adjectivewarmth·less·ness, noun

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  1. the state, quality, or sensation of being warm
  2. intensity of emotionhe denied the accusation with some warmth
  3. affection or cordiality
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Word Origin and History for warmth

late 12c., wearmth, Proto-Germanic *warmitho- (cf. Middle Low German wermede, Dutch warmte), from *warmo- (see warm (adj.)).

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