Word of the Day: Thankfulness


thank-ful-ness / thăngk-fəl-nəs


1. a feeling of gratitude and appreciation; gratefulness

. . . a basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for. 

Norman Vincent Peale, 1898 – 1993


A combination of the English verb thank, which is derived from the Anglo-Saxon verb thankian (thank) through the Middle English verb thankien of the same meaning, the English adjectival suffix -ful (full of), and the English noun-forming suffix -ness indicating a condition, quality, or state and derived from the Anglo-Saxon suffix -nes(s)/ -nis(s) through the Middle English suffix -nesse/-nisse both of the same meaning.

Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.


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