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[hahy-pok-uh-riz-uh m, hi-] /haɪˈpɒk əˌrɪz əm, hɪ-/

a pet name.
the practice of using a pet name.
the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.
a pet name, esp one using a diminutive affix: “Sally” is a hypocorism for “Sarah”
another word for euphemism (sense 1)


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