fond·​ness | \ ˈfän(d)-nəs How to pronounce fondness (audio) \

Definition of fondness

1 obsolete : foolishness, folly
2 : tender affection
3 : appetite, relish had a fondness for argument

Examples of fondness in a Sentence

my fondness for you will never fail I have a fondness for expensive chocolate.
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, another Academy Award-winner, George C. Scott, is inexplicably cast as the seemingly First Nation assassin John Rainbird, who has a fondness for punching his targets' noses into their brains and an unhealthy interest in our heroine. Clark Collis,, 14 May 2022 Cheryl wasn’t a stage mom so much as a co-conspirator who indulged her daughter’s fondness for singing and acting. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 Perhaps the Spanish explorers’ fondness for sonorously rolling names kept them off the map. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 But his fondness for dense, Rousseauian tableaux indicates a different mindset. Armond White, National Review, 15 Apr. 2022 Prince Philip was well aware of Lady Louise inheriting his fondness of the sport and reportedly left her his dark green four-wheeled carriage and two of his Fell ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, after his death, according to Hello! magazine. Stephanie Petit,, 7 Apr. 2022 But eventually, my fondness for the solitude and silence of winter day hiking grew. Kaelyn Lynch, Outside Online, 7 Apr. 2022 Before playing against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in 2019, Beckham had the following to say regarding his fondness for Belichick. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 While running through the cast, there's also plenty to praise in Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman (a name never uttered, despite her fondness for felines), Jeffrey Wright's James Gordon and Paul Dano's Riddler. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Fondness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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