Definitions

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  • noun The state of being houseless.

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  • noun Lack of a house; homelessness.

Etymologies

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houseless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • It was within five minutes 'walk of their warmth and surfeit; and if they had lifted the window and called, "Who goes there?" the houselessness that prowls the night could have answered them from the street below, "Despair!"

    Through the Eye of the Needle A Romance

  • The misery which checks the pulse and thrills the heart with pity in one's common walks about the great cities of Europe is hardly so saddening as the nameless, mocking wretchedness of these women, to whom poverty were a luxury, and houselessness as a draught of pure, free air.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok

  • The misery which checks the pulse and thrills the heart with pity in one's common walks about the great cities of Europe is hardly so saddening as the nameless, mocking wretchedness of these women, to whom poverty were a luxury, and houselessness as a draught of pure, free air.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court

  • It recalled so vividly Clare's early experiences of houselessness, that beasts and caravans, his mother and Glum Gunn, grew hazy and distant, and the old time drew so near that he seemed to have waked into it out of a long dream.

    A Rough Shaking

  • I knew well enough where to find Vice and Misfortune of all kinds, if I had chosen; but they were put out of sight, and my houselessness had many miles upon miles of streets in which it could, and did, have its own solitary way.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • The remembrance of this man with the pudding remains with me as the remembrance of the most spectral person my houselessness encountered.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • Suddenly, a thing that in a moment more I should have trodden upon without seeing, rose up at my feet with a cry of loneliness and houselessness, struck out of it by the bell, the like of which I never heard.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • I knew well enough where to find Vice and Misfortune of all kinds, if I had chosen; but they were put out of sight, and my houselessness had many miles upon miles of streets in which it could, and did, have its own solitary way.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • In the course of those nights, I finished my education in a fair amateur experience of houselessness.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • The remembrance of this man with the pudding remains with me as the remembrance of the most spectral person my houselessness encountered.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

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