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Definition arousing fondness — often through behavior seen as adorable, charming, or lovable
  • There was something endearing about her awkward smile.
  • Her character is so clever and endearing, you can't wait for next week's show.
  • I heard my name mentioned in an endearing tone by both of them more than once.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mr. Ewell was endearing himself to his fellow citizens.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • endearing = arousing fondness
  • It endeared him to her strangely that he should be sometimes wrong.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Most of them had longed intensely for an absent one, for the warmth of a body, for love, or merely for a life that habit had endeared.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Although I suspect the fireworks display you put on may not have endeared you to many Earthens.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • It is not beauty that endears, it's love that makes us see beauty.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • What would endear her to him, even though she was loosely aware that she shouldn't feel that way.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • Juliet scowled — something else that the local louts found very endearing.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • How quickly I had grown used to her annoying yet strangely endearing presence!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Wants, frailties, passions, closer still ally The common interest, or endear the tie.
    Alexander Pope  --  Epistle II of An Essay On Man
  • His little failings would only have endeared him to you the more.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Even his clumsiness was endearing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • His awkwardness makes him very endearing, although it's clear my daughter prefers more refined dancers.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • By his joyousness he had apparently endeared himself to the Dyers.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • You think that endears me to them?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Star would never miss a chance to dress up, an endearing weakness that made it possible to forget, at times, her Imperial status.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road

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