wariness


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war·y

 (wâr′ē)
adj. war·i·er, war·i·est
1. On guard; watchful: taught to be wary of strangers.
2. Characterized by caution: a wary glance at the black clouds.

[Middle English ware, from Old English wær; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

war′i·ly adv.
war′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wariness - the trait of being cautious and watchfulwariness - the trait of being cautious and watchful
circumspection, caution - the trait of being circumspect and prudent
unwariness - the trait of not being cautious and watchful

wariness

noun
2. suspicion, scepticism, distrust, mistrust the country's obsessive wariness of foreigners
Quotations
"Call no man foe, but never love a stranger" [Stella Benson This is the End]

wariness

noun
1. The condition of being alert:
2. Careful forethought to avoid harm or risk:
Translations
حَذَر، إحْتِراس
forsigtighed
varkárni, gætni
obozretnosť
dikkatli olma

wariness

[ˈwɛərɪnɪs] Ncautela f, recelo m

wariness

nVorsicht f; (= mistrust)Misstrauen nt, → Argwohn m; the wariness of his replydie Zurückhaltung, mit der er antwortete; she had a great wariness of strangerssie hegte starkes Misstrauen or großen Argwohn gegen Fremde

wariness

[ˈwɛərɪnɪs] ncautela, prudenza

wary

(ˈweəri) adjective
cautious or on one's guard (about or concerning). Be wary of lending money to him.
ˈwarily adverb
ˈwariness noun
References in classic literature ?
His letter closed with an injunction of wariness in his intercourse with the natives, a subject on which Mr.
Again and again he was repulsed, often with severe wounds to caution him to greater wariness.
Van der School was a well-educated man, but of slow comprehension, who had imbibed a wariness in his speeches and actions, from having suffered by his collisions with his more mercurial and apt brethren who had laid the foundations of their practice in the Eastern courts, and who had sucked in shrewdness with their mother’s milk.
Their blood-streaked heads and shoulders testified to the cause of their wariness as well as to the swordsmanship of the green warrior whose glossy hide bore the same mute but eloquent witness to the ferocity of the attacks that he had so far withstood.
Bill was not by nature a plotter, but the mere fact of travelling under an assumed name had developed a streak of wariness in him.
My name was public among them indeed, but how to find me out they knew not, nor so much as how to guess at my quarters, whether they were at the east end of the town or the west; and this wariness was my safety upon all these occasions.
He was far cleverer than I at getting in and out; but even had I been his match for stealth and wariness, my company would have doubled every risk.
It requires the more wariness in our private estimates.
The grazing herds moved to one side as I passed through them, the little orthopi evincing the greatest wariness and galloping to safest distances.
He had never heard of such a contrivance, and his keenness and wariness went for naught.
With this resolution I entered the wood, and, with all possible wariness and silence, Friday following close at my heels, I marched till I came to the skirts of the wood on the side which was next to them, only that one corner of the wood lay between me and them.
So there maybe a bit of wariness on both sides, but at the end of the day this is a European quarter-final; there's no room for sentimentality when there's a place in the last four up for grabs.