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Fondness


FOND'NESS, noun

1. Foolishness; weakness; want of sense or judgment. obsolete

2. Foolish tenderness.

3. Tender passion; warm affection.

Her fondness for a certain earl began when I was but a girl.

4. Strong inclination or propensity; as a fondness for vice or sin.

5. Strong appetite or relish; as fondness for ardent spirit, or for a particular kind of food.

[It is now used chiefly in the three latter senses.]