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endearment

[en-deer-muh nt] /ɛnˈdɪər mənt/
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 of endearment
1605-1615
1605-15; endear + -ment
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endearment

/ɪnˈdɪəmənt/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for endearment
n.

"act of endearing," 1610s, from endear + -ment. Meaning "obligation of gratitude" is from 1620s; that of "action expressive of love" is from 1702.

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