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fond 1

adj. fond·er, fond·est
1. Having a strong liking, inclination, or affection: fond of ballet; fond of my nieces and nephews.
2. Affectionate; tender: a fond embrace.
3. Immoderately affectionate or indulgent; doting: fond grandparents who tended to spoil the child.
4. Cherished; dear: my fondest hopes.
5. Archaic Naively credulous or foolish.

[Middle English fonned, foolish, probably from past participle of fonnen, to be foolish, probably from fonne, fool.]

fond′ly adv.
fond′ness n.

fond 2

The background of a design in lace.

[French, from Old French fonds, fond, from Latin fundus, bottom.]


(ˈfɒnd nɪs)

1. the state or quality of being fond.
2. tenderness or affection.
3. doting affection.
4. a liking or weakness for something.
5. Archaic. complacent credulity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fondness - a predisposition to like somethingfondness - a predisposition to like something; "he had a fondness for whiskey"
liking - a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment; "I've always had a liking for reading"; "she developed a liking for gin"
2.fondness - a positive feeling of likingfondness - 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"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
attachment, fond regard - a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
protectiveness - a feeling of protective affection
regard, respect - a feeling of friendship and esteem; "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect"
soft spot - a sentimental affection; "she had a soft spot for her youngest son"
3.fondness - a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or lovefondness - a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
emotionalism, emotionality - emotional nature or quality
tenderness - a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
uxoriousness - foolish fondness for or excessive submissiveness to one's wife



1. The condition of being closely tied to another by affection or faith:
2. A liking for something:
تَحَبُّب، وَلَع
blíîa, ástríki


[ˈfɒndnɪs] N (for person) → cariño m (for por) (for thing) → afición f (for a) his fondness for cookingsu afición a la cocina
there were rumours about her fondness for alcoholcorrían rumores sobre su afición al alcohol
he has a fondness for all things Italianle gusta mucho todo lo italianotiene inclinación por todo lo italiano
I remember my childhood with fondnessrecuerdo mi infancia con cariño


[ˈfɒndnɪs] n
(for thing) to have a fondness for sth → avoir un penchant pour qch
a special fondness for → une prédilection pour
to remember sth with fondness → garder un souvenir ému de qch
(for people)affection f
to remember sb with fondness → garder un souvenir attendri de qn


n (for people) → Zuneigung f, → Liebe f(for zu); (for food, place, writer etc) → Vorliebe f(for für); (for music, art) → Liebe f(for zu); his fondness for or of swimmingseine Vorliebe fürs Schwimmen; to remember something/past times with great fondnesssehr gern an etw (acc)/an vergangene Zeiten zurückdenken


[ˈfɒndnɪs] n fondness (for sth)predilezione f (per qc)
fondness (for sb) → affetto (per qn)


(fond) adjective
1. loving. fond looks; a fond husband.
2. (of wishes, hopes etc) unlikely to be fulfilled. His fond ambition was to be a film star.
ˈfondly adverb
ˈfondness noun
(especially with for) affection; liking. her fondness for children.
fond of
having a liking for. He is very fond of dogs.
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But after a while, the over-the-top fondnesses all pretty much degenerated into loathing and annoyance.
And working in film can make one materialistic, Whelan said, detailing the fondnesses developed for expensive cigars and fine wine.