The Castilian Spanish version for his homeland clearly is the dearest to his heart.
His subsequent marriages were primarily to form alliances with his nearest and dearest as well as with more remote followers.
And make shows of appreciation to those nearest and dearest who emit no static cling whatsoever.
“The dearest of our many freedoms is unfortunately under attack all throughout Europe,” Wilders said.
“dearest ladies with families,” he begins, sitting in a suit in a well-decorated room.
I wish, dearest, you would bring yourself to think seriously of Rossmoyne.
"dearest Philothea, I scarcely know his countenance," replied the maiden.
"dearest mamma, allow me to present my brother with two pounds of tobacco," he said entreatingly.
How you oppress me, my dearest friend, with your politeness!
He would never have confessed it to a human being, but the little one was the dearest object the world held for him.
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.