-ness
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /nəs/
    • (Old-fashioned RP) IPA: /nɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /nəs/, /nɪ̈s/
  • (obsolete) IPA: /nɛs/
Suffix
  1. Appended to adjectives to form nouns meaning "the state of being (the adjective)", "the quality of being (the adjective)", or "the measure of being (the adjective)".
    calm + -ness → calmness
    dark + -ness → darkness
    kind + -ness → kindness
    one + -ness → oneness
  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.
    that + -ness → thatness
    tree + -ness → treeness
    thug + -ness → thugness
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