fondness [fond-nis] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for fondness on noun

  1. the state or quality of being fond.
  2. tenderness or affection.
  3. doting affection.
  4. a liking or weakness for something: He has a fondness for sweets.
  5. Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.

Origin of fondness Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at fond1, -ness Related formsself-fond·ness, nounSynonyms for fondness See more synonyms for on 4. predilection, partiality, preference. Related Words for fondness penchant, affection, tenderness, preference, predilection, devotion, susceptibility, love, weakness, fancy, partiality, attachment, kindness Examples from the Web for fondness Contemporary Examples of fondness

  • He’s watching it because of his fondness for Bergman and because, he says, “She’ll be nervous about my opinion.”

    Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days

    David Freeman

    December 13, 2014

  • I have a fuzzy memory of fondness for the beach when I was young.

    Why I Hate The Beach

    P. J. O’Rourke

    July 27, 2014

  • That, plus the Moravian fondness for documenting everything, gives Salem its claim to the first-ever Fourth of July celebration.

    The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists

    Linda C. Brinson

    July 4, 2014

  • Rivera was dressed—thank heavens, given his fondness for naked selfies—in a summery tan suit.

    Bill O’Reilly Disses His Fellow Fox Newsers

    Lloyd Grove

    June 19, 2014

  • Alexander Iolas is described as a theatrical man with a fondness for fur coats and an extraordinary eye for talent.

    Alexander Iolas: The Secret King of Surrealism

    Justin Jones

    March 7, 2014

  • Historical Examples of fondness

  • She had a fondness and admiration for this child and her audacity.

    Life and Death of Harriett Frean

    May Sinclair

  • I am fonder of you than any other man I know, but it is the fondness of long friendship.

    Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus

    Jessie Graham Flower

  • For once, he had expressed that fondness in a primitive fashion, and he was glad.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Sia looked steadily at the girl, and a fondness for her grew in his heart.

    The Chinese Fairy Book


  • And the Jews, when they left Egypt, looked back with fondness to these delicacies.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • Word Origin and History for fondness n.

    late 14c., from fond + -ness.

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