fondness

fondness
noun
1. a predisposition to like something (Freq. 3)
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he had a fondness for whiskey

Syn: ↑fancy, ↑partiality
Derivationally related forms: ↑fancy (for: ↑fancy), ↑fond
Hypernyms: ↑liking
2. a positive feeling of liking
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he had trouble expressing the affection he felt

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the child won everyone's heart

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the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home

Syn:
Derivationally related forms: ↑warmhearted (for: ↑warmheartedness), ↑warm (for: ↑warmness), ↑hearty (for: ↑heart), ↑tender (for: ↑tenderness), ↑fond, ↑affectionate (for: ↑affectionateness)
Hypernyms: ↑feeling
Hyponyms: ↑attachment, ↑fond regard, ↑protectiveness, ↑regard, ↑respect, ↑soft spot
3. a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
Syn: ↑affectionateness, ↑lovingness, ↑warmth
Derivationally related forms: ↑loving (for: ↑lovingness), ↑fond, ↑affectionate (for: ↑affectionateness)
Hypernyms: ↑emotionality, ↑emotionalism
Hyponyms: ↑tenderness, ↑uxoriousness

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  • Fondness — Fond ness, n. 1. The quality or state of being fond; foolishness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Fondness it were for any, being free, To covet fetters, though they golden be. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Doting affection; tender liking; strong appetite,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fondness — index affection, affinity (regard), desire, estimation (esteem), favor (partiality), favoritism …   Law dictionary

  • fondness — (n.) late 14c., from FOND (Cf. fond) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fondness — [n] liking or taste for affection, attachment, devotion, fancy, kindness, love, partiality, penchant, predilection, preference, soft spot, susceptibility, tenderness, weakness; concept 32 Ant. dislike, hate, hatred, loathing …   New thesaurus

  • fondness — [fänd′nis] n. 1. tender or doting affection 2. an inclination; taste 3. Archaic foolishness …   English World dictionary

  • fondness — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ certain, particular, special VERB + FONDNESS ▪ feel, have ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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  • fondness — noun Date: 14th century 1. obsolete foolishness, folly 2. tender affection 3. appetite, relish < had a fondness for argument > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fondness — /fond nis/, n. 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. 5. Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness. [1350 1400; ME; see FOND1,… …   Universalium

  • fondness — n. fondness for * * * [ fɒndnɪs] fondnessfor …   Combinatory dictionary

  • fondness — fond ► ADJECTIVE 1) (fond of) having an affection or liking for. 2) affectionate; loving: fond memories. 3) (of a hope or belief) foolishly optimistic; naive. DERIVATIVES fondly adverb fondness noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

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