from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state or quality of being obese; excessive fatness; corpulency.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Quality of being obese; obesity.
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… There is… the obeseness of wealth on one hand—the hog wallow of poverty on the other.
Small-boned swine of the Chinese breed, which are kept in the temple sties of the Josses, and which are capable of an obeseness in which all form and feature are swallowed up and lost in fat, seem to be plenty in Quincy Market.