Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being sweet or sugary.
  • n. A pleasant disposition; kindness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sweet (in any sense of the adjective); gratefulness to the taste or to the smell; agreeableness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being sweet, in any sense.

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

  • n. the quality of giving pleasure
  • n. a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
  • n. the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
  • n. the property of tasting as if it contains sugar

Etymologies

sweet +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • III. ii.25 (69,1) tun'd too sharp in sweetness] -- and _too sharp in sweetness_,] So the folio and all modern editions; but the quarto more accurately,

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • Nonconformists in walking staunchly by the best light they have, and desire to take no whit from it, we seek to add to this what we call sweetness and light, and develope their full humanity more perfectly; and to seek this is certainly not to be the enemy of the

    Culture and Anarchy

  • To get rid of one's ignorance, to see things as they are, and by seeing them as they are to see them in their beauty, is the simple and attractive ideal which Hellenism holds out before human nature; and from the simplicity and charm of this ideal, Hellenism, and human life in the hands of Hellenism, is invested with a kind of aërial ease, clearness, and radiancy; they are full of what we call sweetness and light.

    Culture and Anarchy

  • Their sweetness is like the sweetness of bread, and to have discovered this palatableness in this neglected nut, the whole world is to me the sweeter for it.

    Checking in on Thoreau: arguing about John Brown and finding friends in windfall acorns

  • The finished sauce has a nice tang to it and a good amount of sweetness from the cranberry sauce.

    2009 November | Baking Bites

  • But sweetness is what makes it dessert instead of a pleasant side dish, so sugar is really a key ingredient.

    Rice Pudding with Agave Syrup | Baking Bites

  • "It's similar in sweetness to what you'll find from the high-volume producers, but we think it's much crisper and carries more structure."

    LENNDEVOURS:

  • The first couple of sips reveal a malty taste with a decent amount of the sweetness from the nose returning.

    Olde Saratoga IPA

  • On the palate, its gentle sweetness is balanced beautifully by lively acidity, with pineapple and peach flavors accented by a squirt of lime juice and an interesting ginger-spice note.

    New York Cork Club

  • Round and homely, but for an instant I thought there was a certain sweetness to it.

    Sacrificial Doves « A Fly in Amber

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