- tender or doting affection
- an inclination; taste
- Archaic foolishness
A couple display a fondness for each other.
- A woman's affection for a new boyfriend is an example of fondness.
- A couple who loves to buy antiques is an example of fondness.
Fondness is defined as a warm affection.
- Cicero remarks upon his fondness for archaisms (Brutus, 74.259).
- All the early writers dwell with great fondness on the origin and adventures of this race.
- It is said that during his residence in Sweden Panin, who certainly had a strong speculative bent, conceived a fondness for constitutional forms of government.
- The notorious fondness of the Athenians for litigation increased his power; and the practice of "sycophancy" (raking up material for false charges; see Sycophant), enabled him to remove those who were likely to endanger his ascendancy.
- This rodent is one of the commonest of British mammals, and frequents fields, woods and gardens in numbers, often doing considerable damage owing to its fondness for garden produce.