thankfulness

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thankful +‎ -ness

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thankfulness (uncountable)

  1. The state of being thankful.
    • 1719- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or [] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.

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