Dearness
Dearness Dear"ness, n. 1. The quality or state of being dear; costliness; excess of price. [1913 Webster]

The dearness of corn. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. Fondness; preciousness; love; tenderness. [1913 Webster]

The dearness of friendship. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Dearness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Dearness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 dearness dearness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 high price high price famine price fancy price Sgm: N 1 overcharge overcharge Sgm: N 1 extravagance extravagance Sgm: N …   English dictionary for students

  • Dearness — Recorded in several forms including Dearness, Deerness, Durness, and possibly Duness, this is possibly an Anglo Scottish surname, but is more likely to be entirely Scottish. It would appear to originate from the parish of Deerness in the Orkney… …   Surnames reference

  • dearness — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) High cost Nouns 1. dearness, costliness, high, stiff, or famine price, pretty penny; overcharge, price gouging; extravagance, exorbitance; heavy pull upon the purse, an arm and a leg; sellers market;… …   English dictionary for students

  • dearness — dear ► ADJECTIVE 1) regarded with deep affection. 2) used in the polite introduction to a letter. 3) expensive. ► NOUN 1) an endearing person. 2) used as an affectionate form of address. ► ADVERB …   English terms dictionary

  • dearness — noun see dear II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dearness — See dearly. * * * …   Universalium

  • dearness — noun The quality of having great value or price …   Wiktionary

  • dearness — dear·ness || dɪrnɪs n. importance; preciousness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dearness — dear·ness …   English syllables

  • dearness — noun the quality possessed by something with a great price or value • Syn: ↑costliness, ↑preciousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑precious (for: ↑preciousness), ↑dear, ↑costly …   Useful english dictionary

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