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[fond-nis] /ˈfɒnd nɪs/
the state or quality of being fond.
tenderness or affection.
doting affection.
a liking or weakness for something:
He has a fondness for sweets.
Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.
Origin of fondness
1350-1400; Middle English; see fond1, -ness
Related forms
self-fondness, noun
4. predilection, partiality, preference. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She did, however, have a fondness for oysters and honeydew melon.
  • Our fondness for a juicy steak triggered a number of adaptations over countless generations.
  • 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.
  • They have a fondness for copying and pasting from the web.
  • But then, this is the same department that hired me last year, despite my lack of makeup and fondness for comfortable shoes.
  • Fly geneticists have been renowned-and chastised-for their fondness for quirky names.
  • Soon, though, maybe we'll be the ones taking advantage of their fondness for filth.
  • The crows' fondness for sticks didn't always work to their favour.
  • The more polite toys are portrayed as being quietly mortified by his fondness for writing notes in pink ink.
Word Origin and History for fondness

late 14c., from fond + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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