fond·ness | \ ˈfän(d)-nəs \

Definition of fondness 

1 obsolete : foolishness, folly

2 : tender affection

3 : appetite, relish had a fondness for argument

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Examples of fondness in a Sentence

my fondness for you will never fail I have a fondness for expensive chocolate.

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France and Spain, like Britain, were monarchies with even less fondness for democracy. Alice George, Smithsonian, "The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World War," 28 June 2018 How the school moves forward, however, is the next great challenge for a university that many of us attended and remember our years there with fondness. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Cain: John Engler must set the course for Michigan State University," 27 May 2018 Traces of old words on a palimpsest survive cleanings and erosion, as fondness and hurt do, even if the word situationship communicates such feelings never developed. Cassie Owens,, "Situationships: Why young people aren't making it official," 5 Apr. 2018 But many Japanese particularly appreciate Obama's efforts on denuclearization and remember with fondness his trip to Hiroshima and his message of working toward a world without nuclear weapons. Yuri Kageyama,, "Obama, in Japan, says North Korea's isolation means less leverage," 25 Mar. 2018 The recently engaged Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have taken their fondness for matching to dazzling new heights. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Showed off Matching Diamond Watches," 14 July 2018 Despite their fondness for silence, the Filicudari are also known for welcoming travelers. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Sotelo’s poems tend to blend together, partly thanks to her fondness for I-statements. Daisy Fried, New York Times, "Sex, Death, Suffering and Surrealism, in New Books of Poetry," 6 July 2018 Debut tracks are typically remembered by fans with fondness for introducing their favorite artist -- but are, in general, rarely as impactful, both sonically and commercially, as the releases Korean pop stars put out further down the road. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "SHINee Looks Back on Debut Song 'Replay' Ten Years Later," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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