Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being amorous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being amorous, or inclined to sexual love; lovingness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being amorous, or inclined to love or to sexual pleasure; fondness; lovingness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of love or fondness
  • n. the arousal of feelings of sexual desire

Etymologies

amorous +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is only afterwards that, surviving many minor gods of war, he becomes a leader of hosts, a sort of divine knight and patron of knighthood; and, through the old intricate connexion of love and war, and that amorousness which is the universally conceded privilege of the soldier's life, he comes to be very near Aphrodite, -- the paramour of the goddess of physical beauty.

    Greek Studies: a Series of Essays

  • Watson was thrilled that the scene delivered the sort of amorousness the filmmakers wanted.

    Daniel Radcliffe: Emma Watson Kisses 'Like An Animal'

  • The Greeks, including Helen's wronged husband, Menelaus, ultimately admired Helen for her amorousness.

    The Gods Return

  • I wriggled closer and pulled Jamie's head down as though overcome by amorousness.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Jamie Cullum sang this song about enduring amorousness on the soundtrack of "Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason" in 2004. 5.

    October 2007

  • Dr. Mitchell-Smith argues that rather than considering the works of this period as representing conflicts between masculine and feminine identities, we can read these texts as expressions of the balance between two extremes of masculine behavior—courtly amorousness on one end and knightly violence on the other.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • And at the very same time he represented physical as well as mental attributes which were agreeable to her — amorousness without the courage at the time, anyhow, to annoy her too much; reverence which yet included her as a very human being; a mental and physical animation which quite matched and companioned her own.

    An American Tragedy

  • Obviously he did need the woman his attitude seemed to show that he needed, some woman of culture, spirit, taste, amorousness; or, at least, he was entitled to dream of her.

    The Titan

  • Ahmed; all the latent amorousness of his temperament had at once found an object, and he conceived an immeasurable passion for the princess.

    The Alhambra

  • Poor, miserable wretch, baulked in your amorousness! what tortures are yours!

    Lysistrata

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  • No. I reject amorousal as well.

    Mind you I have nothing against a---------s itself. It's the word that bothers me. All those wanton vowels or something.

    October 7, 2008

  • Amorousal?

    October 1, 2008

  • This word is just wrong. I do not love it. I cannot love it. I cannot even pretend to be fond of it. There must be a more elegantly written term for this.

    October 1, 2008