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Definition of "caress" []

  • A gentle touch or gesture of fondness, tenderness, or love. (noun)
  • To touch or stroke in an affectionate or loving manner. (verb-transitive)
  • To touch or move as if with a caress: soft music that caressed the ears. (verb-transitive)
  • To treat fondly, kindly, or favorably; cherish. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "caress" in a sentence
  • "Indeed, the touching touch of the caress is touching (without touching) on the untouchable as inviolable, and the one stroking is always masculine and the stroked one (the untouchable) feminine"
  • "A caress might be a grope if it comes from an unwanted hand."
  • "Roused Death: Death rose and smiled, and met her vain caress. xxvi"