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English noun: dryness

1. dryness (state) the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)

Synonymswaterlessness, xerotes

Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)aridity, aridness, conjunctivitis arida, dehydration, desiccation, drought, drouth, dry mouth, sereness, thirstiness, xeroma, xerophthalmia, xerophthalmus, xerostomia


2. dryness (attribute) moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs


Broader (hypernym)moderation, temperance

3. dryness (attribute) objectivity and detachment

SamplesHer manner assumed a dispassion and dryness very unlike her usual tone.

Synonymsdispassion, dispassionateness

Broader (hypernym)emotionlessness, unemotionality

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