Definition of fondness:
middle, gist, heart, fantasy, fancy, tenderness, heart and soul, nitty-gritty, marrow, like, softheartedness, connect, partisanship, philia, preference, warmheartedness, substance, affectionateness, nub, charity, lovingness, affection, caring, meat, kernel, tenderheartedness, soreness, essence, partiality, eye, warmness, warmth, attraction, ticker, appetite, spirit, phantasy, loyalty, pith, weakness, pump, rawness, sum, bosom, mettle, illusion, heat, relish, inwardness, taste, core, centre, nerve, inclination, center, spunk.
- affection (part of speech: noun)
- love (part of speech: noun)
- desire (part of speech: noun)
She did only as others did, as her parents permitted; and her tender little heart, so prone to fondness, proved to be a curse rather than the blessing it would have been if properly directed and protected.- "A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties", Charles Major.
It was all over now; and amid the apparent wreck of all his hopes, even after the death- blows which recent events had dealt to his old pride in his noble child, he yet regarded him as he lay there- wounded and in such a way- with all the pity of a Christian's forgiveness, with all the fondness of a father's love.- "Julian Home", Dean Frederic W. Farrar.
- "The Bent Twig", Dorothy Canfield.