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 ?
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.
His ostensible "aunt's" solicitudes and endearments were become a terror to him, and he avoided them.
He kissed the doctor, and embraced him with the most passionate endearments; swearing that next to Mr Allworthy himself, he loved him of all men living.
The lovers delight in endearments, in avowals of love, in comparisons of their regards.
He laid the girl down by her mother, who poured out endearments and caresses from an overflowing heart, and one could detect a flickering faint light of response in the child's eyes, but that was all.
Endearments had not yet become usual between them, and feeling himself morally inferior he felt terrified at this stage to use them to such an angel.
From the age of six to that of sixteen, Julia had no other communications with Miss Emmerson than those endearments which neither could suppress, and a constant and assiduous attention on the part of the aunt to the health and attire of her niece.
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.