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endearment

[en-deer-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of endearing.
  2. the state of being endeared.
  3. something that endears; an action or utterance showing affection: to murmur endearments.
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Origin of endearment

First recorded in 1605–15; endear + -ment
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  • The home name seemed to add a touch of endearment, and he used it advisedly.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • “Oh no,” said I, glad to be recognised under any term of endearment.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • I could not comprehend a term of endearment applied to such a place.

    Deaconesses in Europe

    Jane M. Bancroft

  • He replied by a mute and energetic pressure to the endearment of his friend.

    The Man in the Iron Mask

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • He was irresistibly impelled to address her with words of endearment.


British Dictionary definitions for endearment

endearment

noun
  1. something that endears, such as an affectionate utterance
  2. the act or process of endearing or the condition of being endeared
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Word Origin and History for endearment

n.

"act of endearing," 1610s, from endear + -ment. Meaning "obligation of gratitude" is from 1620s; that of "action expressive of love" is from 1702.

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