Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being handsome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being handsome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being handsome.
  • n. Favor; approval; graciousness.

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

  • n. the quality of having regular well-defined features (especially of a man)

Etymologies

handsome +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Kwanten has a face that is like a cartoon version of dim-witted handsomeness, which is what makes him so perfect on "True Blood."

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  • The tall, dark one with the angular face was Thomas; even at Ruth's age, when he'd been only four, Thomas had had a leading man's kind of handsomeness -- a combination of poise and thuggery that, in his teenage years, gave him the seeming confidence of a much older man.

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  • "Well, it's the kind of handsomeness that makes me want to scratch her in the face," rejoined Gerty, with the unshakable courage of her impressions.

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  • His was a wild, uncivilized kind of handsomeness, she thought, like that of a noble, untamed creature of the forest, changed by enchantment into a man and thrust into modern clothes.

    The Port of Adventure

  • The young man was handsome, and not with that vulgar handsomeness which is fairly common among the better kind of shop-walkers and counter-keepers.

    The Unclassed

  • They crossed to the farther side of the river, where the influence of the Gothic monument threw a distinction even over the Parisian smartnesses -- the municipal rule and measure, the importunate symmetries, the "handsomeness" of everything, the extravagance of gaslight, the perpetual click on the neat bridges.

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  • They are handsome cars, true, but by now the handsomeness feels rote.

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  • I loved his sand hair, his accidental handsomeness.

    The Adults

  • I would have guessed something like 10 million Legos and 87 really hard-working Lego geeks, but my powers of estimation pale in comparison to my handsomeness and ability to type the words of the good sentences to read and such, etc.

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  • In fact, Ashland struck me as the proto-Draper, and not just because of their dark-haired handsomeness, coolness and detachment, and sexy way with a cigarette.

    Lance Mannion:

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