Synonyms for caress
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CARESS
I will go out of my way to caress one who shows any desire to be friendly.
He would have taken her in his arms again, but she evaded the caress.
Men in his condition were apt to be as quick with a blow as with a caress.
A word of consolation, a caress, even from her mother, would have distressed her.
It had been so long since such a touch had thrilled him, so long since any caress had been given him.
She was not conscious—how could she be and not shrink from my caress?
Her tone was gentle as a caress, and it made him tingle to his finger-tips.
And what a pang for a poor creature to go off like that without a word, a caress.
He took her face then between his hands and looked into it with a gaze that in itself was a caress.
They tried to caress her in a hundred ways, but Lindu did not heed them.
1640s, "show of endearment, display of regard," from French caresse (16c.), back-formation from caresser or else from Italian carezza "endearment," from caro "dear," from Latin carus "dear, costly, beloved" (see whore (n.)). Meaning "affectionate stroke" attested in English from 1650s.