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endearment

[ en-deer-muhnt ]
/ ɛnˈdɪər mənt /
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noun

the act of endearing.
the state of being endeared.
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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British Dictionary definitions for endearment

endearment
/ (ɪnˈdɪəmənt) /

noun

something that endears, such as an affectionate utterance
the act or process of endearing or the condition of being endeared
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