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apert +‎ -ness


apertness (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) openness; frankness
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Theodore Edward Hook to this entry?)
    • Holder
      The freedom or apertness and vigour of pronouncing, as in the Bocca Romana, and giving somewhat more of aspiration; and the closeness and muffling, and laziness of speaking, render the sound of speech different.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for apertness in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)