Definitions

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  • n. An excessive fondness

Etymologies

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From over- +‎ fondness or from overfond +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The governor suspected the boy had too much of the Orient in him, an overfondness for luxury and indulgence.

    THE DIAMOND

  • Perhaps my overfondness for reading, as a child, had made me too familiar with all the old arguments used to justify the mortal lust for power.

    The Dreamthief's Daughter

  • There are many things to show that she had her father's love, and dark stories have been whispered regarding his overfondness for her; but, be that as it may, it is certain that Alexander never neglected an opportunity to give his daughter worldly advancement.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • The brilliant light which blazed around the Throne could find no fault in the actual performance of any duty; but the critical eye and caustic pen had been prone for some years to allege an overfondness for pleasure and amusement and the pursuits of social life.

    The Life of King Edward VII with a sketch of the career of King George V

  • I know that it was your overfondness for me which made you keep me at home as long as you could.

    Memorials of a southern planter,

  • One, whose offence for which he had been sold was an overfondness for his wife, played the fiddle almost continually, and the others danced, sang, cracked jokes, and played various games with cards from day to day.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Abraham Lincoln Writings

  • The reasons she gives, and gave him, were, the badness of his temper and imperiousness of his letters; that he scolded her for the overfondness of her epistles, and was even so unsentimental as to talk of desiring to make her happy, instead of being made so by her.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 2

  • Her abandonment issues, her stints in therapy, her difficulties in the romance department, her overfondness for cocktails, her midlife crisis, her fears that those around her didn't really love or appreciate her.

    NYT > Home Page

  • you have understood my overfondness of flower awareness and inspirations.

    Garden Update #5

  • Lemon Jelly – ‘64-’95 – Sure, it’s mostly electronic jibber-jabber, with an overfondness for sampling….but It’s got William Shatner!

    My Favorite Albums of 2006 « Whatever

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