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Moreover, I believe, dearest Eudora, that half your wrongs are in your own imagination.

And still, dearest Philothea, your heart speaks the same language.

Yes, dearest Philothea; but not till she had first told me of her own marriage with Geta.

"Dearest Philothea, I scarcely know his countenance," replied the maiden.

With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined.

Your patience, my dearest Mamma:—you were pleased to say, you would hear me with patience.

I could hold no longer; but threw myself at her feet: O my dearest Mamma!

To give you hope, my dearest, my most indulgent Mamma, is to give you every thing.

Will he deny me the visits of my dearest friend, and forbid me to correspond with her?

And now he had determined to sacrifice this dearest of pets.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.

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