hypocorism :

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  • n  a name of endearment (especially one using a diminutive suffix)
    `Billy' is a hypocorism for `William'

  • Chief victims of adult hypocorism: 1) children, 2) pets, 3) lovers, 4) readers of advertising.
  • President Jimmy Carter has institutionalized his hypocorism with determination and skill, thus becoming the first President in history to get away with official use of a nickname.

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