from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inspiring affection or warm sympathy: the endearing charm of a little child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Inspiring love or affection, in a childlike way.
- v. Present participle of endear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Making dear or beloved; causing love.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a tendency to make dear or beloved; awakening affection: as, endearing qualities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
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My main problem with "endearing" is that I only see it used by adults talking about children (the AHD usage example is "the endearing charm of a little child") and to use it to talk about children's books betrays the child audience.
One of the things I find endearing is when you are taken someplace that makes you feel separate from the world.
What I find so endearing is that you have a daughter who is so obviously full of love and life and sees nothing wrong with expressing it.
Saying that people find suicide endearing is a gross misunderstanding.
Like me, my soulmate has developed a certain endearing reluctance to change out of his sweatpants and leave the house after 5 p.m., and all of those kittenish young Sex and the City gals seem sharply demanding.
Gabriela-Sylvia Zabala and Ismet Redzovic at the WSWS: Anna Kokkinos's first feature Head On - an adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas's novel Loaded, although also heavily relying on 'shock tactics' of explicit sex and drug taking (like the novel itself) - while quite flawed, nonetheless had certain endearing qualities, in particular the treatment of the migrant Greek family life in Melbourne and the difficulties facing the gay son.
Equally endearing is the partnership McDonald has with her 13-year-old chestnut mare, Brentina.
Still, it's an excellent introduction to one of modern SF's more dare I use the phrase endearing characters - unless you're her ever suffering friend Bitsy...
Not so endearing is Joey’s relationship with a sometimes abusive but sometimes concerned father, which is appropriately complex.
Instead, Sam Champion - not named after an identically-named New York-area weatherman, claims the band - recalls the endearing sloppiness of The Replacements and, yes, The Beatles.
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