Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being loving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Affection; kind regard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A loving manner; affectionate bearing or conduct.

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

  • n. a loving feeling
  • n. a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love

Etymologies

loving +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While the latter seem to isolate a single attribute -- all-goodness, all-lovingness, all-powerfulness -- and decide the issue on that basis alone, the former simply emphasize a single attribute but cling to a more complex composite of divine "character."

    Sherman A. Jackson: The Problem of Suffering: Muslim Theological Reflections

  • There is a secret passage between the vertigo of irony, and the oceanic pleasure of lovingness, maitri, imagined in the form of

    Hegel on Buddhism

  • Putz braineez bac, puzzle-peas teh hed bones back, apply minny measures of teh Hello Kitteh duckeetape, hurrylariouslt applies CHRG wdoi, wrps WB in floofy hand-of lovingness blankee, escorts WB to Splort recovery lounge, hands hawt choklit an choklin baboon*

    Yet another thing - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • The passion of justice might have been thought to be her strongest feeling, but for her boundless generosity, and a lovingness ever ready to pour itself forth upon any or all human beings who were capable of giving the smallest feeling in return.

    Harriet Taylor Mill

  • In Alyosha, Dostoyevski patterns a character on the goodness and lovingness of Christ.

    Shaken to My Moral Foundations: Part I

  • Indeed upon some occasions, such as a pic – nic or a water – party, their lovingness is even more developed, as we had an opportunity last summer of observing in person.

    Sketches by Boz

  • And presently, the Maid did sit again beside me, and slipt her two hands into the one of mine, as did be ever my desire, and she to love that she give me this delight, and likewise, she to have joy to herself in this lovingness.

    The Night Land

  • And this way, as I have known, I perceived that, for her dear sake, I should not let my lovingness weaken me in that moment.

    The Night Land

  • And we eat and drank; and I with a new lovingness unto Mine Own; and she somewhat as that she did mother me; but when I put mine arm about her, she did be only a maid.

    The Night Land

  • KURIANSKY: You ` re going to argue with me, but I ` m saying from my psychologist point of view that you lose a mom and you want to replace the lovingness, you want to replace being loved, being mothered.

    CNN Transcript Mar 7, 2007

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