cleanliness early 15c., from CLEANLY (Cf. cleanly) + -NESS (Cf. -ness).
Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. [John Wesley, Sermon "On Dress," c.1791]

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  • cleanliness — clean|li|ness [ˈklenlinıs] n [U] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: cleanly pure, clean (11 21 centuries), from Old English clAnlic, from clAne; CLEAN1] the practice of keeping yourself or the things around you clean ▪ a high standard of cleanliness …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cleanliness — /ˈklɛnlinəs/ (say klenleenuhs) noun the condition or quality of being clean or cleansed; freedom from dirt or filth or anything that contaminates: high standards of cleanliness. {cleanl(y) + i + ness} …  

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