[syn: affectionateness, fondness, lovingness, warmth]
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fondness \Fond"ness\, n.
1. The quality or state of being fond; foolishness. [Obs.]
Fondness it were for any, being free,
To covet fetters, though they golden be. --Spenser.
2. Doting affection; tender liking; strong appetite,
propensity, or relish; as, he had a fondness for truffles.
My heart had still some foolish fondness for thee.
Syn: Attachment; affection; love; kindness.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a predisposition to like something; "he had a fondness for
whiskey" [syn: fondness, fancy, partiality]
2: a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the
affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the
warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home" [syn:
affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness,
heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philia]
3: a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love [syn:
affectionateness, fondness, lovingness, warmth]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
96 Moby Thesaurus words for "fondness":
Amor, Christian love, Eros, Platonic love, admiration, adoration,
affection, agape, ardency, ardor, attachment, blind faith,
bodily love, brotherly love, caritas, charity, conjugal love,
credulity, credulousness, crush, delicacy, desire, devotion,
disposition to believe, dotage, ease of belief, faithful love,
fancy, fervor, flame, free love, free-lovism, gentleness,
gross credulity, gust, gusto, heart, hero worship, idolatry,
idolism, idolization, inclination, infatuation, lasciviousness,
libido, like, likes, liking, love, lovemaking, married love,
overcredulity, overcredulousness, overopenness to conviction,
overtrustfulness, partiality, passion, physical love,
popular regard, popularity, predilection, rash conviction, regard,
relish, sentiment, sex, sexual love, shine, soft spot,
softheartedness, softness, spiritual love, taste, tender feeling,
tender passion, tenderheartedness, tenderness, truelove,
trustfulness, uncritical acceptance, uncriticalness,
unquestioning belief, unripe acceptation, unskepticalness,
unsuspectingness, unsuspiciousness, uxoriousness, warm heart,
warmheartedness, weakness, will to believe, willingness to believe,
wishful belief, wishful thinking, worship, yearning