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There was something endearing about her awkward smile.
  lovable — especially in a childlike or naive way
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  • There was something endearing about her awkward smile.
  • Her character is so clever and endearing, you can’t wait for next week’s show.
  • He felt himself drawn to her by obscure feelings of jealousy and pity, as if her dumbly-confessed error had put her at his mercy, humbling yet endearing her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I heard my name mentioned in an endearing tone by both of them more than once.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • And so she fell to murmuring and cooing over the girl again, and softly stroking her face and hair, and kissing her and calling her by endearing names;
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee
  • Nick did annoy me quite a bit, but his ignorance was endearing.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • As long as people see him as a dumb, tough guy, they don’t notice the more clever things he does . such as endearing himself to one of the Fatigues by making sure the man sees him giving his food to one of the younger kids.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • There was something about Alec and Jace’s sharing a room that she found endearing.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "He’s almost endearing," Mae said, watching the octopus reach from wall to wall, spreading itself like a net.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Lee’s endearing characters, Atticus Finch and his precocious daughter, Scout, captivated readers while confronting them with some of the realities of race and justice in the South.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • It’s one of your more endearing qualities."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Reluctantly, and recognizing that it was not going to endear me to my employers, I was forced to revise the population estimate downward to three thousand, and at that I was probably guilty of gross exaggeration.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • When I tried to coax it from her she crossed her small arms tightly around it, carrying it all the way to the car herself, the whole small picture of her both endearing and pathetic.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Although I suspect the fireworks display you put on may not have endeared you to many Earthens.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • How quickly I had grown used to her annoying yet strangely endearing presence!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Despite the words that just came out of his mouth, his expression is contrastingly endearing.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • If I knew that teaching her how to knock a guy on the ground would endear her to me, I would have done it months ago.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Bennington greeted me effusively when I came in, grinning his cunning, endearing grin and asking me how I had withstood the cold that week.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • [Our] tough experiences have but served to endear our institutions more firmly in our minds." n After three years of service and as many wounds, Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., of the 20th Massachusetts could still describe northern war aims as "the cause of the whole civilized world . the Christian crusade of the 19th century."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • And gradually it dawned on all of us that this endearing man was at the Beje to stay.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • That time I had taken my accustomed post at the window and had my eyes fixed on Mavis Hunnicutt’s familiar posterior as she made the little motions which had so endeared her to me—hitching at her blouse and tossing a blond lock back with a finger while chatting with Carson McCullers and a pale, lofty English-looking person who possessed a myopic blink and was obviously Aldous Huxley.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nico found his sense of humor equal parts endearing and annoying.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He exhibited a concern for my safety, though, that I found at once endearing and irritating.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The delight in his eyes when he saw the room was almost endearing—like a boy being shown a room full of his favorite toys.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Among the strangers, he and Pippa were two of the only really unique or interesting-looking people there: she, like a fairy in her gauzy-sleeved, diaphanous green; he, elegant and endearing in his midnight blue double-breasted, his beautiful old shoes from Peal and Co. "I —"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • And because she found it endearing, she added to it by raising to her toes and giving him a quick kiss.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Mr. Ewell was endearing himself to his fellow citizens.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It’s endearing.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • The same personality that so endeared him to us as he raced against time on the tracks of the world is not dead but very much alive and with us yet.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Pari finds it amusing, and even endearing, the way he keeps blushing and shaking his head in apology and embarrassment.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • You, perhaps, may tell your story in safety, endeared as you are to so many warm hearts by rare gifts, and a still rarer devotion of them to the service of others.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He was really just a little guy who still spoke with an endearing (and sometimes embarrassing) call-it-like-you-see-it innocence.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • The gentle manners and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to me; when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The young man, standing up before her, gazed upon her with that filial affection which is so tender and endearing with children whose mothers are still young and handsome.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Juliet scowled — something else that the local louts found very endearing.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I loved her — everybody, even my father, conspired to spoil her, with an endearing lack of success.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The fact that Kyle had just called Clary cute did not seem to have endeared him to Jace, whose face had tightened alarmingly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Even his clumsiness was endearing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Hermione looked exasperated: The expression was so endearingly familiar that Harry and Ron grinned at each other.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Luma The name Luma means "dark lips," though Hassan and Sawsan al-Mufleh chose it for their first child less because of the shade of her lips than because they liked the sound of the name—short, endearing, and cheerful—in the context of both Arabic and English.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Child as I was, I at once felt the tenderness and sympathy which endeared Dr. Bell to so many hearts, as his wonderful achievements enlist their admiration.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Jace tried to remind himself that when Alec asked this sort of question, he really meant it, and that it was something he had once found endearing rather than annoying.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Bull’s-eye wagged his tail in acknowledgment of this unusually endearing form of speech; and, giving vent to another admonitory growl for the benefit of Oliver, led the way onward.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Will was on his best behavior, of course, answering questions with "Yes, sir" and "No, sir," which struck her as endearing in a southern kind of way.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • They were developing in him, and the camp-life, replete with misery as it was, was secretly endearing itself to him all the time.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • It is as if heaven had an especial band of angels, whose office it was to sojourn for a season here, and endear to them the wayward human heart, that they might bear it upward with them in their homeward flight.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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