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

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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 Leibniz’s fondness for the language of optics ignored the fact that, in the seventeenth century, mirrors were terrible reflectors. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "The Imperfect Telescope," 7 Jan. 2020 With his gravelly voice, large-framed designer glasses, perpetual tan and fondness for gold chains and suede jeans, Evans brimmed with a rakish confidence and showmanship that propelled his career in the 1960s and 1970s. cleveland, "Robert Evans, Hollywood mogul of legendary bravado, dies at 89," 28 Oct. 2019 Voters are still focused on who can beat Trump rather than a fondness for any particular candidate, as the latest national poll from Quinnipiac University showed on Monday. Emma Kinery,, "Democrats Poised to Leave New Hampshire With 2020 Muddled," 7 May 2020 As the doc's tremendous fondness for clips from old movies reminds us, novels and films have been teaching us much this history all our lives. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Capital in the Twenty-First Century': Film Review," 30 Apr. 2020 Summers has had a special fondness over the years for profit-making when in the power sector. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Don’t Let Larry Summers Block Climate Progress Again," 28 Apr. 2020 The current president, Jair Bolsonaro, has great fondness for the armed forces and a nostalgia for Brazil’s military dictatorship of the past, and his deputy, Hamilton Mourão, is a general. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "How different countries handle their leadership’s line of succession," 7 Apr. 2020 The model’s emphasis on sharing fondness and appreciation is a great place to start. Popular Science, "How to quarantine with your partner without destroying your relationship," 24 Mar. 2020 There's a friend or family member in practically everyone's circle with an intense fondness for the magical world of Disney, and who could blame them? Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Gifts for the Friend Who Travels to Disney at Least Once a Year," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fondness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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