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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section III. Sympathetic Affections
1. Social Affections

902. [Expression of Affection.] Endearment.

   NOUN:ENDEARMENT, caress, blandishment, blandiment [obs.]; épanchement [F.], fondling, billing and cooing, dalliance, caressing, embrace, salute, kiss, buss, smack, osculation, deosculation [obs.].
  COURTSHIP, wooing, suit, addresses, the soft impeachment; love-making; calf love [colloq.]; amorous glances, ogle, side-glance, sheep’s eyes, goo-goo eyes [slang, U. S.]; serenading, caterwauling.
  flirting &c. v.; flirtation, gallantry; coquetry, spooning [slang].
  true lover’s knot, plighted love, engagement, betrothal; marriage [See Marriage]; honeymoon; love tale, love token; love letter, billet-doux [F.]; posy [archaic]; valentine.
  Strephon and Chloe, ’Arry and ’Arriet.
  FLIRT, coquette; male flirt, philanderer; spoon [slang].
   VERB:CARESS, fondle, pet, dandle; pat, – on the -head, – cheek; chuck under the chin, smile upon, coax, wheedle, cosset, coddle, cocker, make much of, cherish, foster, kill with kindness.
  clasp, hug, cuddle; fold to the heart, press to the bosom; fold -, strain- in one’s arms; take to one’s arms; snuggle, nestle, nuzzle; embrace, kiss, buss, smack, blow a kiss; salute (courtesy) [See Courtesy].
  MAKE LOVE, bill and coo, spoon [slang], toy, dally, flirt, coquet, gallivant or galavant; philander; pay one’s -court, – addresses, – attentions- to; serenade; court, sweetheart [colloq. or dial.], woo; set one’s cap at or for [colloq.]; be or look sweet upon [colloq.]; ogle, cast sheep’s eyes upon, make goo-goo eyes at [slang, U. S.], faire les yeux doux [F.].
  fall in love with, fall over head and ears in love with; win the affections (love) [See Love]; die for.
  propose; make -, have- an offer; pop the question [colloq.]; become engaged, become betrothed; plight one’s -troth, – faith.
   ADJECTIVE:CARESSING &c. v.; “sighing like furnace” [As You Like It]; love-sick, spoony or spooney [slang].
  CARESSED &c. v.
  1. Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.
  2. Kisses honeyed by oblivion.—G. Eliot