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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As with Bunny Mellon’s fondness for wicker, there is a utility to American beauty. Reed Krakoff, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co. Wants to Change the Rules of How to Wear a Diamond," 27 Nov. 2018 The trip, featuring Francis' fondness for countries on the periphery, will be a welcome break for the Argentine pope. Nicole Winfield And Maria Grazia Murru, Fox News, "Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large," 22 Sep. 2018 James Poniewozik examines the president’s new fondness for video tweets: The aesthetics of the Rose Garden videos are more YouTube than NBC, unadorned by graphics or soundtrack. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 Growing up in the Queens borough of New York City, the sergeant had a Bob Ross paint set, an M.C. Escher poster on his wall and a fondness for van Gogh. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "I Want You…to Solve the Mystery of the Missing Nude," 10 Oct. 2018 David and Julie shared a fondness for the same novels, a sense of humor, an ease with one another. Sylvia Brownrigg, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘My Ex-Life,’ by Stephen McCauley," 14 June 2018 And a crucial part of that path may be that men have a fondness for babies in general, whether or not they are biologically related. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "For Gorillas, Being a Good Dad Is Sexy," 30 Nov. 2018 Bolsonaro has expressed fondness for his country’s past military dictatorship and wants to bring back torture to his country as a way to stem rising crime rates. Alex Ward, Vox, "John Bolton just gave an “Axis of Evil” speech about Latin America," 1 Nov. 2018 Bella appears to have a fondness for all things '90s, and was previously photographed wearing a look straight from our middle school closet. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore a '90s-Inspired Hair Claw Clip," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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someone who never drinks alcohol

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