marredness

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From marred +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑː(ɹ)dˌnəs/, /ˈmɑː(ɹ)dˌnɪs/

Noun[edit]

marredness (uncountable)

  1. The state of being marred or spoilt.
    • 1903, George Matheson, Studies of the Portrait of Christ, page 343:
      But the feeling would be much stronger in the case of the marred Visage of Jesus, for the marredness of that Visage is to the Christian a part of its beauty.
    • 1911, Amélie Rives Troubetzkoy, Hidden House, page 136:
      I grew familiar with it by dawn-light and candlelight, to value its wan marredness more than beauty, to search for and to find in it that mother-pity which is the gift of so many childless women, and supremely the gift of such as have forsworn marriage from high and selfless motives.
    • 1995, John Polkinghorne, Serious Talk: Science and Religion in Dialogue, page 63:
      ... the present flawedness of human nature and the marredness of the physical world were interpreted as following upon a period of paradisal perfection that was brought to an end by a disastrous ancestral act.
  2. (Northern England, rare) Of a person, the state of being marred or cosseted.
    • 1885, Benjamin Brierley, Ab-o'th'-yate in Yankeeland, the results of 2 trips to America, page 43:
      I believe it's nowt nobbut their mardness an' their way o' livin ut causes these New York dolls to be so mich like faded waxwork, ut's been melted down for any sort of a face, fro' a queen to a mermaid.