noun Date: 1610 1. a word or an act (as a caress) expressing affection 2. the act or process of endearing

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  • Endearment — En*dear ment, n. The act of endearing or the state of being endeared; also, that which manifests, excites, or increases, affection. The great endearments of prudent and temperate speech. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Her first endearments twining… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • endearment — index affection Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • endearment — act of endearing, 1610s, from ENDEAR (Cf. endear) + MENT (Cf. ment). Meaning obligation of gratitude is from 1620s; that of action expressive of love is from 1702 …   Etymology dictionary

  • endearment — ► NOUN 1) love or affection. 2) a word or phrase expressing this …   English terms dictionary

  • endearment — [en dir′mənt, indir′mənt] n. 1. an endearing or being endeared; affection 2. a word or act expressing affection …   English World dictionary

  • Endearment — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Expression of affection or love. < N PARAG:Endearment >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 endearment endearment caress Sgm: N 1 blandishment blandishment blandiment| Sgm: N 1 panchement panchement fondling billing and cooing… …   English dictionary for students

  • endearment — [[t]ɪndɪ͟ə(r)mənt[/t]] endearments N VAR An endearment is a loving or affectionate word or phrase that you say to someone you love. No term of endearment crossed their lips. ...flattering endearments …   English dictionary

  • endearment — noun 1) his murmured endearments Syn: term of affection, term of endearment, pet name; (endearments) sweet nothings, sweet talk 2) he spoke to her without endearment Syn: affection, fondness, tenderness, feeling …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • endearment — UK [ɪnˈdɪə(r)mənt] / US [ɪnˈdɪrmənt] noun [countable] Word forms endearment : singular endearment plural endearments a word or phrase that you say to someone you love, for example darling or sweetheart …   English dictionary

  • endearment — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Act of endearing Nouns 1. endearment, caress; fondling, billing and cooing, hand holding, nuzzling, embrace, kiss, buss, smack, peck, osculation. Informal, first base, noogie, French kiss, passion kiss,… …   English dictionary for students

  • endearment — en|dear|ment [ınˈdıəmənt US ınˈdır ] n [U and C] actions or words that express your love for someone ▪ nicknames and other terms of endearment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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