1350–1400; Middle English; see fond1, -ness

self-fondness, noun

4. predilection, partiality, preference. Unabridged
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fond1 (fɒnd)
adj (foll by of)
1.  predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
2.  loving; tender: a fond embrace
3.  indulgent; doting: a fond mother
4.  (of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realized: he had fond hopes of starting his own business
5.  archaic, dialect or
 a.  foolish
 b.  credulous
[C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool]

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Example sentences
She did, however, have a fondness for oysters and honeydew melon.
Our fondness for a juicy steak triggered a number of adaptations over countless
They have a fondness for photography, so they told me to go for it.
He discovered that he had some talent for organization and administration, as
  well as a fondness of university life.
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