Etymology
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dryness (n.)

"state or character of being dry," Old English drygnes; see dry (adj.) + -ness.

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Definitions of dryness

dryness (n.)
the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water);
Synonyms: waterlessness / xerotes
dryness (n.)
moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs;
Synonyms: sobriety
dryness (n.)
objectivity and detachment;
her manner assumed a dispassion and dryness very unlike her usual tone
Synonyms: dispassion / dispassionateness
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