Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The property or character of being soft, in any sense of that word.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being soft; -- opposed to
hardness, and used in the various specific senses of the adjective.
- n. acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
- n. poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
- n. a disposition to be lenient in judging others
- n. the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
- n. a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare
- n. a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
- n. the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
- n. the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing
- n. the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)
- n. a state of declining economic condition
- soft + -ness (Wiktionary)
“But look at the dress, a knit cashmere number whose softness is evident to the eye.”
“It speaks of a certain softness and homey feeling.”
“The softness is what translated into the low scores," Toms said.”
“But in spite of the tears, her face wore an expression of softness.”
“But softness is repulsive; and thus all progress is seen to be a frantic struggle towards an objective which you hope and pray will never be reached.”
“Nor, though the attributes of the lion were there, was there wanting the certain softness, the hint of womanliness, which bespoke the emotional nature.”
“I think American women deficient in softness – sensibility – at least they do not exhibit much; but they are less demonstrative than women generally are, and this may make them appear less tender.”
“Their physical organization is apt to be weak and poor and sickly, and the intellectual element predominates over the emotional and sensual to a degree that makes them apparently deficient in softness and sensibility, and deprives their manner of a good deal of feminine charm and attractiveness, and very often gives it a character singularly at variance in its sharp abruptness with the delicate, refined order of beauty for which they are remarkable.”
“Clara, with all her softness, is a sensible girl, and as for Traverse, if he is one to break his heart from an unhappy attachment, I have been mistaken in the lad, that is all! said the doctor, heartily.”
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