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1. Situated in, toward, or facing the south.
2. Coming from the south: southern breezes.
3. Native to or growing in the south.
4. often Southern Of, relating to, or characteristic of southern regions or the South.
5. Being south of the equator.

[Middle English southerne, from Old English sūtherne; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots.]

south′ern·ness′ n.


the state of being southern
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Noun1.southernness - the property of being to the south
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
northernness - the property of being to the north
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Stupid Is as Stupid Says: Vocal Performance and Southernness in Forrest Gump.
She maintains a polite, if somewhat wry, demeanor equal parts Florida and New Haven: her Southernness wielded no less strategically than her Ivy League pedigree.
Next up for Porteous is the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Southernness in Dumfries, which starts a week tomorrow.
And of course, 'southernness' in general--and typical readings of Yoknapatawphan southernness in particular--seem indelibly troped with rurality, so by the transitive property, get relegated to alternative status" This alternative, rural or regional aspect to Faulkner has always defined his writing--provided one accepts the idea of his fiction as marked above all by its difference from the recognizably cosmopolitan work of writers like Eliot, Joyce, Woolf, or Pound or the urban-themed texts of Dos Passos, Hart Crane, or Fitzgerald.
Her eye is sharp, especially about how complacent Southernness undercuts itself: We have a girls' college here too but the lacy atmosphere is fortunately destroyed by a reformatory, an insane asylum, and a military school.
If that condition is not put in place as an oversight, then all the people in North Sudan will claim Southernness on the referendum day.
It is impossible to consider what the South and what Southernness mean as cultural references without looking at how black women have contributed to and contested any unified definition of this region, claims Johnson.
She succeeds at remedying the blind spots by foregrounding Southernness as a lens in studying these women, discussing selected Northern and Southern, black and white women's life stories published in the radical weekly magazine, the Independent, and analyzing strategies of black women's character development in several key fictions of late nineteenth-century regionalism.
Ghosts From 'Down There': The Southernness of August Wilson.
Southernness itself--as defined by polite acceptance of eccentricity, a tendency to avoid any talk of sex and churches that provide a kind of cover--is a mitigating factor that allows Black gay men to co-exist with everybody else, Johnson argues.
While the octogenarian chairman of the Memphis Board of Censors clearly reflected his proudly unreconstructed southernness in his word choices, more pertinent to his duties were those two rows of seats.
Not to mention a center of history, literature, and a distinctively Arkinsawan strain of Southernness.