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Gauntness   /gˈɔntnəs/   Listen

Extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease).  Synonyms: boniness, bonyness, emaciation, maceration.

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"Gauntness" Quotes from Famous Books

... strikingly commanding. In person he was slightly above the middle standard; and had not the texture of his frame been remarkably hard, wiry, and muscular, the total absence of all superfluous flesh would have given the lean gauntness of his figure an appearance of almost spectral emaciation. In reality, his age did not exceed twenty-eight years; but his high broad forehead was already so marked with line and furrow, his air was so staid and quiet, his figure ...
— Devereux, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... impassioned height, she would feel herself mounting with it; then when it fell again to calmness, she would feel herself falling, too. She understood why grandma called him "inspired." And once when his smile, on one of its sudden flashes from out that dark gauntness of his face, seemed aimed directly at her she felt a quick, responsive, electric thrill. The Methodist girls ...
— Missy • Dana Gatlin

Words linked to "Gauntness" :   gaunt, thinness, boniness, spareness, leanness

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