Synonyms and Antonyms of dear
1 commanding a large price <caviar has always been among the dearest of foods> Synonyms big-ticket, costly, expensive, extravagant, high, high-end, high-ticket, precious, premium, priceless, pricey (also pricy), spendy [chiefly Northwest], ultraexpensive, valuableRelated Words exorbitant, overpriced, prohibitive, sky-high, steep, stiff, unaffordable, uneconomic (or uneconomical), unreasonable; inestimable, invaluable; deluxe, luxurious, sumptuousNear Antonyms moderate, reasonable; valueless, worthless; discountedAntonyms cheap, inexpensive
2 granted special treatment or attention <spared no expense when caring for and feeding her dear little dog> Synonyms beloved, cherished, darling, fair-haired, favored, favorite, fond, loved, pet, precious, special, sweet, white-headedRelated Words admired, adored, appreciated, esteemed, relished, revered; prized, treasured; preferredNear Antonyms abhorred, abominated, despised, detested, disdained, disfavored, disliked, execrated, hated, loathed, unfavorite; abandoned, forgotten, ignored; alienated, estrangedAntonyms unbeloved
3 having qualities that tend to make one loved <a dear friend that I would do anything for> Synonyms adorable, darling, lovable, disarming, endearing, lovesome, precious, sweet, winning, winsomeRelated Words embraceable, kissable; beloved, cherished, favored, favorite, loved, treasured; attractive, beautiful, desirable, lovely; alluring, appealing, captivating, charming, enchanting, engaging, entrancing, fascinating, fetching; admirable, likable (or likeable), reputable, respectable; affable, agreeable, cheerful, cordial, friendly, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, kind, nice, pleasant; delightful, pleasing, well-disposedNear Antonyms unloved; contemptible, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, heinous, horrible, lousy, nasty, offensive, unlikable, unpleasant, wretched; frightful, grotesque, hideous, ill-favored, monstrous, ogreish, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive; ugly, unattractive, unsightly, vile; appalling, awful, dreadful, foul, horrendous, horrid, nauseating, noisome, obnoxious, obscene, revolting, scandalous, shocking, sickeningAntonyms abhorrent, abominable, detestable, hateful, loathsome, odious, unlovable
Synonyms and Antonyms of dear
a person with whom one is in love <I love you, dear> Synonyms beloved, darling, sweetheart, flame, hon, honey, love, squeeze [slang], sweet, sweetie, sweetie pie, trueloveRelated Words beau, boy, boyfriend, fellow, man, swain; gal, girl, girlfriend, inamorata, ladylove, lass, mistress, tootsie; amour, lover, paramour; doll, duck(s) [chiefly British], pet; date, escort, steady; admirer, gallant, suitor, wooer; groom, husband; bride, wife; significant other; fiancé, intended; crush, heartthrob
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