fondness

Fondness is love or affection for someone. Your fondness for your funny Spanish teacher might be part of what inspires you to work hard in his class.

When you have a fondness for a person, you feel warm or tender toward them. Your sister's fondness for young children probably makes her a great babysitter. You can also have a fondness for a thing: your friend's fondness for expensive shoes could cause her constant financial difficulty, and your fondness for cupcakes might influence you to learn how to bake.

Definitions of fondness
  1. noun
    a positive feeling of liking
    synonyms: affection, affectionateness, heart, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness
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    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
    soft spot
    a sentimental affection
    type of:
    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
    synonyms: affectionateness, lovingness, warmth
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    tenderness
    a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
    uxoriousness
    foolish fondness for or excessive submissiveness to one's wife
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    emotionalism, emotionality
    emotional nature or quality
  3. noun
    a predisposition to like something
    “he had a fondness for whiskey”
    synonyms: fancy, partiality
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    liking
    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
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