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- n. The quality of having great value or price.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being dear; costliness; excess of price.
- n. Fondness; preciousness; love; tenderness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Costliness; high price, or a higher price than the customary one.
- n. Fondness; nearness to the heart or affections; great value in esteem and confidence; tender love.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality possessed by something with a great price or value
Some of the epitaphs were beautiful, showing that tenderness for the friends who had died, that longing to do them justice, to fully acknowledge their virtues and dearness, which is so touching, and so unmistakable even under the stiff, quaint expressions and formal words which were thought suitable to be chiselled on the stones, so soon to be looked at carelessly by the tearless eyes of strangers.
Exemption from taxes will do little or nothing, the lower orders [end of page #249] are nearly all exempt, but that general dearness, that is the consequence of a general weight of taxes, is severely felt by them, and from that they cannot be exempted.
But then, proceeding in this way, shall we not arrive at some first principle of friendship or dearness which is not capable of being referred to any other, for the sake of which, as we maintain, all other things are dear, and, having there arrived, we shall stop?
For the highest Self pleased with the works of his devotees imparts to different things such dearness, i.e. joy-giving quality as corresponds to those works, that 'dearness' being bound in each case to
“No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.”
That relatively low-yield process explains, in part, the dearness of the result.
So, dear world, whose dearness I have never truly known, I bid you adieu.
He thought his dearness and devotion to his wife and daughter would be enough.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives Teabagging its value.
We get a glimpse of our true nature, of the dearness and kindness of everything, but the mind overrides it.