- set + -ness (Wiktionary)
“But Persis has the kind of setness that doesn't take no account of reason.”
“Dana's having inherited "setness" for his patrimony.”
“Samuel Foster Crittenden as I do; and the reason he is so congenial with his mules is that he is so like them in "setness" of disposition.”
“But we found that when we deviated from the specific setness of the mathematical code that underlies is the simple algorithm, crochet three, increase one.”
“Little by little his features took on that look of hard and dangerous setness which always seemed so doubly threatening upon his placidly round countenance.”
“A stray sunbeam, too, fluttered down on the floor like a pitying spirit, to light up that pale, thin face, whose classic outlines had now a sharp, yellow setness, like that of swooning or death; it seemed to linger compassionately on the sunken, wasted cheeks, on the long black lashes that fell over the deep hollows beneath the eyes like a funereal veil.”
“The face was lined as if the stress of living had drawn its muscles into habitual tensity, and except when a smile relieved the setness of the mouth his countenance was stern to severity.”
“They do so regard us, though; and, with true British setness, I suppose they always will.”
“There is a mysterious immovable setness about the Sussex Downs.”
“There was always some story or other going round about old Henry's setness.”
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