endearment


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en·dear·ment

 (ĕn-dîr′mənt)
n.
1. The act of endearing.
2. An expression of affection, such as a caress.

endearment

(ɪnˈdɪəmənt)
n
1. something that endears, such as an affectionate utterance
2. the act or process of endearing or the condition of being endeared

en•dear•ment

(ɛnˈdɪər mənt)

n.
1. an utterance or action expressing affection.
2. the act of endearing.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.endearment - the act of showing affection
benignity, kindness - a kind act

endearment

noun
1. loving word, sweet talk, sweet nothing, term of affection, affectionate utterance She was always using endearments like `darling' and 'sweetheart'.
2. affection, feeling, love, warmth, attachment, tenderness, fondness His favourite term of endearment was `baby'.
Translations
تَحَبُّب
gyengédségkedveskedõ szavak
blíîuhót, ástarorî
prejav lásky
sevgi ifade edentatlı söz

endearment

[ɪnˈdɪəmənt] Ncariño m
term of endearmentpalabra f de cariño

endearment

[ɪnˈdɪərmənt] n
to whisper endearments → murmurer des mots tendres, murmurer des choses tendres
term of endearment → terme m d'affection

endearment

n term of endearmentKosename m, → Kosewort nt; words of endearmentliebe Worte pl

endearment

[ɪnˈdɪəmənt] n to whisper endearmentssussurrare tenerezze
term of endearment → vezzeggiativo, appellativo affettuoso

endear

(inˈdiə) verb
to make dear or more dear (to). His loyalty endeared him to me.
enˈdearing adjective
arousing feelings of affection. his endearing innocence.
enˈdearment noun
a word of love.
References in classic literature ?
They fell on their knees; they sobbed, and prayed, and kissed the hem of her garment; and the elder ones poured forth words of endearment, mingled in prayers and blessings, after the manner of their susceptible race.
He muttered detached words also; the only one I could catch was the name of Catherine, coupled with some wild term of endearment or suffering; and spoken as one would speak to a person present; low and earnest, and wrung from the depth of his soul.
Now and then familiarity was pushed too far, and would effervesce into a brawl, and a "rough and tumble" fight; but it all ended in cordial reconciliation and maudlin endearment.
At length the old lady became desperate, for the second Pole, when dismissed, imitated his predecessor by declining to go away; with the result that one Pole remained standing on the right of the victim, and the other on her left; from which vantage points the pair quarrelled, abused each other concerning the stakes and rounds, and exchanged the epithet "laidak " [Rascal] and other Polish terms of endearment.
She had been wont to call me her Virginian as a term of endearment, for she knew that I loved the sound of that beautiful name, made a thousand times more beautiful and hallowed by her dear lips, and as I heard it again after all those long years my eyes became dimmed with tears and my voice choked with emotion.
This last endearment was tender as in youth, as in times when hearts were warm - life happy.
She could not admit even to herself that she loved him, and yet she had permitted him to apply to her that term of endearment and possession to which a Barsoomian maid should turn deaf ears when voiced by other lips than those of her husband or fiance--"my princess.
And at times, Father Claude, as I grow older, I doubt much that the nameless old man of Torn is my father, so little do I favor him, and never in all my life have I heard a word of fatherly endearment or felt a caress, even as a little child.
Dear Emily,' and 'Yours affectionately'--these conventional phrases, were the only phrases of endearment which they contained.
He was hailed, in mandlin terms of endearment, by grateful giants with tears in their eyes.
Her lips murmured the words close on the grave-stone, murmured them in tones of passionate endearment, to the dead remains beneath.
This led on to many interchanges of endearment and enjoyment on all sides, in the midst of which the Inexhaustible being observed staring, in a most imbecile manner, on Mrs Boffin's breast, was pronounced to be supernaturally intelligent as to the whole transaction, and was made to declare to the ladies and gemplemorums, with a wave of the speckled fist