Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being choice. Justness of discrimination; nicety: as, “choiceness of phrase,” B. Jonson, Discoveries. Particular value or worth; excellence: as, the choiceness of wine.
- n. The condition of being choice
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being of particular value or worth; nicely; excellence.
- n. the quality of being very good indeed
“In other words, the artist's aim is not to reproduce the facts which make up the mass of our ordinary and undigested life, but to substitute for the dishevelled commonplace the "choiceness" of an ordered interpretation.”
“There are certain forms of meditation such as Zen shinkantaza, Krishanmurti's choiceness awareness, and various advaita non-techniques that are essentially just sitting there without doing anything on purpose.”
“If you insist, before anything else, upon “the choiceness of the phrase, and the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses”—if these are more important to you than “the weight of matter, worth of subject, soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment”—then you stay home with fiction.”
“His 2002 vote against the Induced Infant Liability Act which would allow doctors to administer aid to infants born alive after a failed abortion should answer any question one might have about Obama's pro-choiceness.”
“He was a sort of catholic Manfred, and unstained by crime, carrying his choiceness into his faith, melting the snows by the fires of a sealed volcano, holding converse with a star seen by himself alone!”
“This grew speedily to an excess; for men began to hunt more after words than matter — more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses, and the varying and illustration of their works with tropes and figures, than after the weight of matter, worth of subject, soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment.”
“Meanwhile, Austin was ushered by his host into the library -- a moderate-sized apartment, lined with countless books and adorned with etchings of great choiceness; whence, after a few minutes 'chat on indifferent subjects, they adjourned to the dining-room, where a luncheon, equally choice and good, awaited them.”
“Its choiceness was great, but was not duly guarded.”
“Through their choiceness well kenned; and whiles a king's thane,”
“His flow of ideas was not more remarkable than the choiceness and vigor of his expression.”
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