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hypocorism

[hahy-pok-uh-riz-uh m, hi-] /haɪˈpɒk əˌrɪz əm, hɪ-/
noun
1.
a pet name.
2.
the practice of using a pet name.
3.
the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek hypokórisma pet name. See hypocoristic, -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for hypocorism

hypocorism

/haɪˈpɒkəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
a pet name, esp one using a diminutive affix: ``Sally'' is a hypocorism for ``Sarah''
2.
another word for euphemism (sense 1)
Derived Forms
hypocoristic (ˌhaɪpəkɔːˈrɪstɪk) adjective
hypocoristically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai to use pet names, from hypo- beneath + korizesthai, from korē girl, koros boy
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