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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Elizabeth also developed a fondness for horses and dogs. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Elizabeth Didn’t Expect to Be Queen. Here’s How It Happened," 1 June 2018 The new Duchess of Sussex's fondness for designer footwear has been well-documented. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Take a Closer Look at Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Shoes," 19 May 2018 Gallo has developed a fondness for left field and first base, where the demands aren't as severe on his large body. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' Gallo on third base: 'I hate it.' But ... | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 This interpretation could be supported by such evidence as the fondness of Republicans for birtherism, their distrust of climate science, and so on. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP’s Never-Trumpers Are Really Just Never-Democrats," 15 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, some of the hardest-line, brook-no-compromise members of the Republican Party discovered a new fondness for foreign-policy realism—at least when it is practised by a president their voters back home adore. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 2018 Many Austrian citizens appear to have a fondness for Russia, too. NBC News, "Austria's tilt toward Russia worries intelligence experts," 22 May 2018 The Eagles present an intriguing challenge to Brady’s fondness for throwing deep and into traffic. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Tom Brady’s Peers Are Getting Older. He Can’t Relate.," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of fondness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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