The two men that had so long been nearer and dearer to each other than brothers never again interchanged one word.
The memory of you will be dearer to me than comfort from all else.
And for the first time Nigel comprehended that the fortunes of Wallenstein were dearer to her heart than a lover's passion.
She could have kissed her face in the glass, it was so like that other dearer one.
There she had won fame, and a dearer thing yet, honor, which needs not to be known in order to shed its lonely comfort.
What rendered him yet dearer to us, was that there was enmity between him and Mrs. Mitchell.
A term once dearer than brother, but the habit of short cruises is weakening it.
Steenie's unselfish solitude of soul made him every day dearer to her.
But the enthusiast and the patriot spoke not at that hour only of himself, or that dearer self, the only being he had loved.
This is my son, my poor afflicted son, dearer to me than my own life.
Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.