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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BALMINESS

The day was lovely and the air had almost the balminess of spring.

And I remember that she brought in with her some of the sunlight and balminess of the spring day.

The air that morning had softened to a balminess like spring.

The balminess of the still September night made them reluctant to go indoors.

In the sunny clime of North Carolina May comes with all the balminess and soft zephyrs of a more northern summer.

The pride some had felt over the balminess of previous winters was forgotten.

The day was now rapidly waning, bringing on a balminess of evening such as is found in few places other than Naples.

In this tranquil town, almost voluptuous in its richness of colour and balminess of atmosphere, you lose yourself in laziness.

It was of no use, sleep forsook his eyes, although he was so tired that he longed for its balminess.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, "delicately fragrant," from balm + -y (2). Figurative use for "soothing" dates from c.1600; of breezes, air, etc. "mild, fragrant" (combining both earlier senses) it is first attested 1704. Meaning "weak-minded, idiotic," 1851, is from London slang.

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