From Middle English fernesse, from Old English feornes (“farness, distance”), equivalent to far + -ness.
farness (usually uncountable, plural farnesses)
- The state of being far off, or the degree to which something is far; distance, span; remoteness
1918, William James, The Principles of Psychology, page 217:
If I look from a mountain, the things seen are vast in height and breadth, in proportion to the farness of the horizon.
1980, Russel Hoban, Riddley Walker (SciFi), Expanded edition, published 1998, →ISBN:
It's about the same farness from Cambry …
2008, Lincoln Caplan, “Who Cares About Executive Supremacy?”, in American Scholar, volume 77, number 1, page 20:
… the view of presidential power asserted by the administration of George W. Bush stands out for the farness of its far-reaching scope: …
state of being far off, or the degree to which something is far