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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also nes, ness, Nes, NES, and Ness

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English

Etymology

Middle English from Old English -nis, -nes (-ness) from Proto-Germanic *-nassus (-ness), alteration (by false division) of -n- (adjective and verbal terminating consonant) + Proto-Germanic *-assus (-ness). Akin to Old Saxon -nissi, -nussi (Dutch -nis), Old High German -nissa, -nassi, -nussi (German -nis), Gothic -inasus, -inassus

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-ness

  1. Appended to adjectives to form nouns meaning "the state of (the adjective)", "the quality of (the adjective)", or "the measure of (the adjective)".
    calmnesscalm
    darknessdark
    kindnesskind
    onenessone
  2. Appended to words of other parts of speech to form nouns (often nonce words or terms in philosophy) meaning the state/quality/measure of the idea represented by these words.
    thatnessthat
    treenesstree

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