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warmth

[wawrmth] /wɔrmθ/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being warm; moderate or gentle heat.
2.
the sensation of moderate heat.
3.
liveliness of feelings, emotions, or sympathies; ardor or fervor; enthusiasm or zeal:
She spoke her mind with great warmth. There was warmth in his greeting and in his handshake.
4.
the quality of being intimate and attached:
All children need warmth and affection from their families.
5.
an effect of brightness, cheerfulness, coziness, etc., achieved by the use of warm colors:
The room has warmth since it was redecorated.
6.
the means or ability to produce a sensation of heat:
a jacket with little warmth.
7.
slight anger or irritation:
Her denial betrayed some warmth.
Origin of warmth
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English wermth. See warm, -th1
Related forms
warmthless, adjective
warmthlessness, noun
Synonyms
3. heat, fire, spirit, vigor. 4. tenderness, kindness, affection.
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  • Charles had disturbed the equilibrium of her heart by his warmth, and had not restored it again by a word of recompense.

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British Dictionary definitions for warmth

warmth

/wɔːmθ/
noun
1.
the state, quality, or sensation of being warm
2.
intensity of emotion: he denied the accusation with some warmth
3.
affection or cordiality
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Word Origin and History for warmth
n.

late 12c., wearmth, Proto-Germanic *warmitho- (cf. Middle Low German wermede, Dutch warmte), from *warmo- (see warm (adj.)).

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