Webster 1913 Edition
caritiadearness, fr. L.
An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.
Wooed her with his soft
He exerted himself to win by indulgence and
caressesthe hearts of all who were under his command.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
caresser, fr. It.
To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle.
Syn. – To fondle; embrace; pet; coddle; court; flatter.
Webster 1828 Edition