endearment

[en-deer-muhnt]
noun
1.
the act of endearing.
2.
the state of being endeared.
3.
something that endears; an action or utterance showing affection: to murmur endearments.

Origin:
1605–15; endear + -ment

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endearment (ɪnˈdɪəmənt)
 
n
1.  something that endears, such as an affectionate utterance
2.  the act or process of endearing or the condition of being endeared

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endearment
"act of endearing," 1660s, from endear + -ment.
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Example sentences
It's always a compliment, a term of endearment for somebody who's a reminder of another old pro.
These are commonly used terms, not necessarily of endearment.
Speaking words of endearment where words of comfort availed not.
He waited a moment for his statement to sink in and for her to respond with a
  similar endearment.
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