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  • Now is a tie-tag no lesser a cross I kiss or caress?… elongate it as I won.
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Definition of the noun caress

What does caress mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: caresses

  1. a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)
    • examples: he showered her with caresses | soft music was a fond caress | the caresses of the breeze played over his face
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: stroke / stroking = a light touch with the hands

Definition of the verb caress

What does caress mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: caressed | caressing | caresses

  1. touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
    • examples: He caressed her face | Sam and Sue caress | Sam cannot caress Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Experiencer]Carrie touched his shoulder
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Experiencer] with [Instrument]Carrie touched his shoulder with the stick

      Verbs of Contact (with the same syntax): fondle, grasp, graze, grip, grope, kiss, knead, lick, massage, nudge, pat, paw, peck, pinch, prod, rub, squeeze, sting, stroke, tickle, touch, tug, tweak, wring.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of caress: fondle
    • more generic word: stroke = touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
    • more specific words:
      • paw = touch clumsily
      • grope = fondle for sexual pleasure
      • dandle = pet
      • pet = stroke or caress in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking
      • chuck / pat = pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
      • nuzzle / nose = rub noses
      • pet = stroke or caress gently
      • tickle = touch or stroke lightly

Alternative definition of the verb caress


  1. To touch or kiss lovingly; to fondle.
  2. To show and act on deep closeness shared with another person.


Caress is an unincorporated community in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States. Its post office is closed.


  1. "Caress" is a musical EP of Boris Midney.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  2. "Caress" is a musical album of Marcel Khalife.
  3. "Caress" is a musical album of Free Electric State.
    • released on (4 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Caress

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Google previewTo be Two (2001)

by Luce Irigaray

The caress is the spell directed at you in a way which is irreducible to the common, to the general, to the relative...

The caress is an invitation to rest, to relax, to perceive, to think and to be in a different way: one which is more quiet, more...

The caress is a gift of safety, a call to return to yourself through the rediscovery of your ...

Google previewThe Wisdom of Love (2001)

by Alain Finkielkraut

The caress is the ensemble of those rituals which incarnate the Other.

Google previewTouching God (2012)

Hopkins and Love by Duc Dau

The caress is an awakening to intersubjectivity, to a touching between us which is neither passive nor active; it is an awakening of gestures, of perceptions which are at the same time acts, intentions, emotions. This does not mean that they are ...

Google previewEighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed (2002)

Anguish, God and Existentialism by Sander H. Lee

The caress is the means by which this incarnation of the body of the other is attempted. In caressing the body of the other,

Google previewTouching Space, Placing Touch (2012)

by Dr Mark Paterson, Dr Martin Dodge

The caress is a mode of the subject's being, where the subject who is in contact with another goes beyond thiscontact. Contact assensation ispart ofthe worldof light. Butwhat is caressedis nottouched, properly ...

Google previewAudience Participation (2003)

Essays on Inclusion in Performance by Susan Kattwinkel

The caress is a mode of the subject's being, where the subject who is in contact with another goes beyond this contact. Contact as sensation is part of the...

The caress is the anticipation of the pure future [avenir], without content.“ This dance is ...

Google previewPhenomenology and Existentialism in the Twentieth Century (2009)

Book I. New Waves of Philosophical Inspirations by Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

The caress is a kind of subject being, when the subject makes contact with the other, transcends this contact. If the contact is...

Google previewEmmanuel Levinas (2012)

The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics by E. Wyschogrod

Levinas rejects the notion that the caress is a struggle for in that case the attempt to dominate would be the ...

Google previewThe Book of Skin (2009)

by Steven Connor

The caress is not that which delivers up the other as object or animal of touch. (How well all children learn the lesson that animals, like children, exist to be stroked.) The caress is a way of bringing into being that which one touches.

Google previewOn Touching, Jean-Luc Nancy (2005)

by Jacques Derrida

Now, the caress is a shock; it is "also" a shock, says Franck: this presupposes that , while the caress cannot be reduced to "shock," it always implies some shock, just as flesh (Leib} always implies some body (Korper). Further on, this is ...

Google previewPrehistoric Figurines (2005)

Representation and Corporeality in the Neolithic by Douglass Bailey

If the gaze is a power relationship over the visual field, then the caress is a power relationship ...

Google previewWho if I Cry Out (2010)

by Gustavo Corção

borne on an early-evening breeze, will ruffle the soft hair of a dreamy young girl, who will never, never be able to know or to guess that hidden in that wind's caress is the final lament, dynamic now and molecular, of a poor impassioned heart.

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Performance and Contemporary Theatre (2016)

by Patrice Pavis

CARESSE, LIEBKOSUNG, CARICIA The caress is a symbol and demonstration of love; it gently touches the other without...

the caress ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1865)

Smeka, to stroke, caress, flatter; smickra, Dan. Smigre, to flatter; ON. smeykligr, smooth, sweet, flattering. Du. Smeecken, Smeeckelen, to ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

imprudent Careless and lazy—lackadaisical Careless and unsystematic— sloppy Careless of duties—negligent Careless pedestrians—jaywalkers Carelessly executed—slipshod Caress—fondle Caress lovingly or sexually— fondle Caress ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

CARESS — CAST. Cautious, [cautus, L.] wary, circumspect. Provident, [ providens, L.J forecasting ; foreseeing wants with a view to supply them. Attentive , [attentions, L.] diligent, hearkening to, observant. Cartful to prevent mistakes ...

Google previewWebster's II Children's Dictionary (2003)

aadjective caress noun A gentle touch that shows love or affection. averb To touch in a way that shows fondness or love. ea-ress (ka res') anoun, plural caresses caressed, ...

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In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress. (Leonard Cohen)
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Scrabble value of C3A1R1E1S1S1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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