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endearing

[en-deer-ing] /ɛnˈdɪər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to make dear or beloved.
2.
manifesting or evoking affection:
an endearing smile.
Origin of endearing
1615-1625
1615-25; endear + -ing2
Related forms
endearingly, adverb
self-endearing, adjective
unendearing, adjective
unendearingly, adverb
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  • The fascinating damsel so endearingly referred to is a wax figure, as you might have seen upon close scrutiny of the portrait.

  • In tears, I was embracing his feet; he rose and blessed me endearingly.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • It makes one think of the boys gentle love for his little mother, as he endearingly spoke of his mother.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • She said this firmly and yet endearingly, and met his eyes with her eyes.

  • Yet at once, and so endearingly, with the air of an elder sister, Mrs. Austen resumed the maternal functions.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for endearingly

endearing

/ɪnˈdɪərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
giving rise to love or esteem; charming
Derived Forms
endearingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for endearingly

endearing

adj.

1660s, present participle adjective from endear. Related: Endearingly.

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