gracelessness vs stiffness what difference

what is difference between gracelessness and stiffness

English

Etymology

graceless +‎ -ness

Noun

gracelessness (countable and uncountable, plural gracelessnesses)

  1. The state of being graceless.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, Part Three, Chapter 3, [1]
      He was aware of his ugliness, his gracelessness, a bundle of bones in filthy underclothes sitting weeping in the harsh white light: but he could not stop himself.


English

Etymology

From Middle English stiffenes, styffenesse, styfnesse; equivalent to stiff +‎ -ness. Perhaps merging with Middle English stithnesse, stithnysse, from Old English stīþness (stiffness).

Noun

stiffness (countable and uncountable, plural stiffnesses)

  1. Rigidity or a measure of rigidity.
  2. Inflexibility or a measure of inflexibility.
  3. Inelegance; a lack of relaxedness.
    • 1699, William Temple, Heads designed for an essay on conversations
      Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  4. Muscular tension due to unaccustomed or excessive exercise or work; soreness.

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