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 ?
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.
To whom should I apply that name of endearment? Where, too, could I find you?
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."
Living in such close relations, to meet meant to fall into endearment; flesh and blood could not resist it; and, having arrived at no conclusion as to the issue of such a tendency, he decided to hold aloof for the present from occupations in which they would be mutually engaged.
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.
'Dear Emily,' and 'Yours affectionately'--these conventional phrases, were the only phrases of endearment which they contained.
In truth, this gentleman is a luxurious Ottoman, swimming about over the watery world, surroundingly accompanied by all the solaces and endearments of the harem.
The idea that at the first moment of receiving the news of his son's intentions had occurred to him in jest- that if Andrew got married he himself would marry Bourienne- had evidently pleased him, and latterly he had persistently, and as it seemed to Princess Mary merely to offend her, shown special endearments to the companion and expressed his dissatisfaction with his daughter by demonstrations of love of Bourienne.
Mad with exultation I shouted--I MUST have shouted, "He sees, he sees: he will understand!" Then, controlling myself, I moved forward, smiling and consciously beautiful, to offer myself to his arms, to comfort him with endearments, and, with my son's hand in mine, to speak words that should restore the broken bonds between the living and the dead.
In the day-time, fetched by a steward, Michael would be brought on deck to Del Mar, who was always surrounded by effusive young ladies and matrons who lavished caresses and endearments upon Michael.
Two of them clung about her white skirts, the third she took from its nurse and with a thousand endearments bore it along in her own fond, encircling arms.