Definitions

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  • n. rareness; infrequency

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Rareness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Rareness; infrequency; uncommonness.

Etymologies

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seldom +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Even in our sensual days the strength of delight is in its seldomness or rarity, and sting in its satiety; mediocrity is its life, and immoderacy its confusion.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • Even in our sensual days, the strength of delight [95] is in its seldomness or rarity, and sting in its satiety: mediocrity is its life, and immoderacy its confusion.

    Christian Morals

  • See what a generous benefactor our Lord Jesus is, above all benefactors; he gives liberally, and is so far from upbraiding us with the frequency and largeness of his gifts that he rather upbraids us with the seldomness and straitness of our requests: "You have asked nothing in comparison of what you want, and what I have to give, and have promised to give."

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • There were other things which in them did more take my mind; to talk and jest together, to do kind offices by turns; to read together honied books; to play the fool or be earnest together; to dissent at times without discontent, as a man might with his own self; and even with the seldomness of these dissentings, to season our more frequent consentings; sometimes to teach, and sometimes learn; long for the absent with impatience; and welcome the coming with joy.

    The Fourth Book

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