Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being knowing or shrewd.
- n. The quality or state of being knowing
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being knowing or intelligent; shrewdness; skillfulness.
- n. shrewdness demonstrated by knowledge
- n. having knowledge of
- knowing + -ness (Wiktionary)
“The cost of the absolute knowingness, which is a fantasy, anyway, is so high.”
“He has perhaps like the stage villain a little too much of that cheap knowingness, which is the theatrical badge of the complete man of the world, but which gentlemen in actual life do not ordinarily affect.”
“It wasn't that the current version of the show (which was roughly the latter days of the Will Ferrell-era cast) had suddenly become dependent on popular culture and thus required the viewer's "knowingness"; this had always been the case, going all the way back to the golden era of Aykroyd, Belushi, and Radner.”
“The press will not mention it, because the press in its "knowingness" is a large part of that despair.”
“Suddenly, as if he had dropped from one of the wide spreading trees, a very fat boy, with a shining face and a general air of "knowingness," appeared before them.”
“They pile up local colour till your brain reels, and they assume a sort of man-of-the-wide-world "knowingness" which is extremely unpleasant.”
“There is, in this work of Alexander the younger, plenty of imitation, of convention, of that would-be knowingness which is the most amusing form of ignorance, etc., etc.”
“He seems to have decided this drive has nothing to do with any sense of morality and everything to do with our need, as individuals, to attain power by maintaining a level of "knowingness" (defined in terms of information, by the bulkload, rather than knowledge).”
“Then he sits and Jensen Ackles delivers an amazing look of self-referential 'knowingness' that speaks volumes for what is really going through at that exact moment.”
“Mr. Riccardi—writing with the fervor of an advocate, the skill of a critic and the knowingness of a musician he is a pianist as well as a writer—gives us something vivid on every page of "What a Wonderful World.”
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