Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being single, in any sense of the word.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being single, or separate from all others; the opposite of doubleness, complication, or multiplicity.
- n. Freedom from duplicity, or secondary and selfish ends; purity of mind or purpose; simplicity; sincerity.
- n. without hypocrisy
- n. the quality of concentrating on one central objective
- From single + -ness (Wiktionary)
“That thing we call singleness of heart and mind is a dread thing to behold.”
“They would be obedient and respectful to their officers; friendly, kind, and at peace one with another; would perform their duties, "not with eye-service; as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing GOD.”
“I have emancipated myself from that so far I have reason to consider false; - I am able to have faith in singleness of motive, and to tread under foot all temptations to expediency.”
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto”
“The poem makes a point that Michael had not passed his days in singleness.”
“Once my singleness was the butt of someone's lighthearted joke he honestly didn't mean it and I wound up leaving the room and sobbing on the bed for like an hour even though I normally don't mind being single and can joke about myself or tease other couples and things.”
“Someday, I think she's going to see my long-term singleness as a selfish thing to not give her grandchildren.”
“What holds the earth swinging in space is first, the great dynamic attraction to the sun, and then counterposing assertion of independence, singleness, which is polarized in the moon.”
“And this our blessed Saviour, with admirable emphasis and significance of expression, calls the singleness of the eye, in the verse immediately before the text.”
“Here we a have a highly educated professional woman of a certain age, who was born, developed, and came of age in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, clearly different times with different social attitudes than prevail nowadays, a woman who has for the entirety of her known career embraced and advocated complete "singleness" as a psychological, social, and political cause.”
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