Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Swarthiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being swart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality or state of being swart.

Etymologies

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swart +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Now and then appears a gang of soldiers, giving a peculiar note with the uniformity of their brown holland suits; and occasionally a couple of British sailors come sauntering in with fine self-assurance, their fair hair and red cheeks contrasting with the general swartness.

    The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia

  • She numbered up the various services she had rendered in the family — and denounced the plague of swartness to the linen — of leanness to the poultry — of dearth and dishonour to the housekeeping — and of lingering sickness and early death to Alice; — all which evils, she averred, had only been kept off by her continued, watchful, and incessant cares. —

    Peveril of the Peak

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