Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of becoming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being becoming, appropriate, or fit; congruity; fitness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Suitableness; congruity; propriety; decency; gracefulness arising from fitness: as, “becomingness of virtue,”

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

  • n. the quality of being becoming

Etymologies

From becoming +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term in question was first used by Zeno, and was explained by him, in accordance with its etymology, to mean what it came to one to do, so that as far as this goes, 'becomingness' would be the most appropriate translation.

    Guide to Stoicism

  • There was the sound of many voices; small boys, scarcely out of pinafores, discussed with a surprising amount of knowledge the merits of the individual dogs and the capabilities of their drivers; little girls donned ribbons with a sportsman-like disregard of their "becomingness" to show a preference which might be based either on a personal fondness for a driver or owner, or a loving interest in some particular dog.

    Baldy of Nome

  • • "I say sacrifice style any day for becomingness."

    Lesley M. M. Blume: ICON OF STYLE: Edith Head, The Most Famous Costume Designer of All Time (PHOTOS, POLL)

  • She had the authority of the Appalachians, and the becomingness of the Bulgarian Roses.

    A D O N I S

  • Bea was commended for her design's "variety; its adaptability to changing styles; its economy; its simplicity of construction; and its becomingness."

    "Make It Yourself": Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890-1930

  • Forty-one girls wore dresses they had made before representatives of the Waterbury Institute of Arts and Crafts, who judged them "not only on the sewing but on becomingness of the material, the color and the style."

    "Make It Yourself": Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890-1930

  • Fanny had not a word to say against its becomingness, and, excepting what remained of her scruples, was exceedingly pleased with an acquisition so very apropos.

    Mansfield Park

  • I am not speaking of becomingness and grace; I am speaking of health and conservation of force.

    The Education of American Girls

  • Only see that it combines the graces of comfort and becomingness.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

  • Give to the Lord glory to his name, bring up sacrifice, and come ye in his sight: and adore the Lord in holy becomingness.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete The Challoner Revision

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