en·​dear·​ment | \ in-ˈdir-mənt How to pronounce endearment (audio) \

Definition of endearment

1 : a word or an act (such as a caress) expressing affection
2 : the act or process of endearing

Examples of endearment in a Sentence

two lovers whispering endearments to each other

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Worship of military service has become an indispensable cog in every politician’s and corporation’s endearment strategy. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them.," 12 July 2019 Cardi B initially was charged with two misdemeanors of assault and reckless endearment, and surrendered to New York police in October, to be booked and then released. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Cardi B’s legal peril grows: Rapper indicted on two felonies in connection with strip club brawl," 21 June 2019 Our opportunity—as citizens, employees, and leaders—is to embrace with gusto the once-in-a-century opportunity to renegotiate the terms of our endearment with our powerful new machines. Paul Roehrig, Quartz, "The internet is broken. But we can’t just repair it—we need to rebuild it," 3 June 2019 Raised in a life of privilege on the Upper East Side across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kennedy went to great lengths to live as any other New Yorker, much to the endearment of the city's denizens. Glynnis Macnicol, Town & Country, "Who Was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy?," 3 Aug. 2016 One term of endearment to one group could be a form of incredible shame and abuse to another. John Brandon, Fox News, "Mark Zuckerberg says AI cannot stop online abuse yet, but experts beg to differ," 23 Apr. 2018 As far as how my look came to be called dewy dumpling, dumpling has always been my term of endearment, the same way people use sweetheart or cupcake. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get the New Dewy Dumpling Glow," 23 Apr. 2018 The Enforcer,’’ a term of endearment bestowed by her family. BostonGlobe.com, "George H.W. Bush says to ‘cross the Bushes off your worry list’ following Barbara’s death," 18 Apr. 2018 The winter of their semi-discontent launched Miller's lifetime reputation as America's ultimate, responsibility-free ski bum — a term of sheer endearment to fans. Author: Ron Judd, Anchorage Daily News, "Pioneering, inspiring snow-sports filmmaker Warren Miller, 93, dies at Washington state home," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of endearment

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of endearment

: a word or phrase that shows love or affection


en·​dear·​ment | \ in-ˈdir-mənt How to pronounce endearment (audio) \

Kids Definition of endearment

: a word or an act that shows love or affection

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