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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tendernessnoun

    a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling

  2. tenderness, soreness, rawnessnoun

    a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)

    "the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness"; "after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on"

  3. tenderness, tenderheartednessnoun

    warm compassionate feelings

  4. affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philianoun

    a positive feeling of liking

    "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"

  5. softheartedness, tendernessnoun

    a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)


  1. tendernessnoun

    a tendency to express warm, compassionate feelings

    When the lovers were together, their cold indifference gave way to love and tenderness.

  2. tendernessnoun

    concern for the feelings or welfare of others

    When they saw the poor orphans, they were overwhelmed with tenderness for them.

  3. tendernessnoun

    pain or discomfort when an affected area is touched

    He noted her extreme tenderness when he touched the bruise on her thigh.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tendernessnoun

    Etymology: tendresse, Fr. from tender.

    Pied cattle are spotted in their tongues, the tenderness of the part receiving more easily alterations than other parts of the flesh. Francis Bacon.

    The difference of the muscular flesh depends upon the hardness, tenderness, moisture, or driness of the fibres. Arbuth.

    A quickness and tenderness of sight could not endure bright sun-shine. John Locke.

    Any zealous for his country, must conquer that tenderness and delicacy which may make him afraid of being spoken ill of. Addison.

    There are examples of wounded persons, that have roared for anguish at the discharge of ordnance, though at a great distance; what insupportable torture then should we be under upon a like concussion in the air, when all the whole body would have the tenderness of a wound. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Weep no more, lest I give cause
    To be suspected of more tenderness
    Than doth become a man. William Shakespeare.

    Well we know your tenderness of heart,
    And gentle, kind, effeminate remorse
    To your kindred. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    With what a graceful tenderness he loves!
    And breathes the softest, the sincerest vows! Addison.

    Having no children, she did with singular care and tenderness intend the education of Philip and Margaret. Francis Bacon.

    My conscience first receiv’d a tenderness,
    Scruple, and prick, on certain speeches utter’d
    By th’ bishop of Bayon. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Some are unworthily censured for keeping their own, whom tenderness how to get honestly teacheth to spend discreetly; whereas such need no great thriftiness in preserving their own who assume more liberty in exacting from others. Henry Wotton.

    True tenderness of conscience is nothing else but an awful and exact sense of the rule which should direct it; and while it steers by this compass, and is sensible of every declination from it, so long it is properly tender. South.

    There being implanted in every man’s nature a great tenderness of reputation, to be careless of it is looked on as a mark of a degenerous mind. Government of the Tongue.


  1. Tenderness

    Tenderness is a song by General Public from their 1984 album All the Rage, produced by I. R. S. Records. It was featured in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


  1. tenderness

    Tenderness is a feeling or display of warmth, affection, sympathy, or compassion towards others. It can also refer to a characteristic of sensitivity to touch or pain, particularly used in a medical context. Additionally, in relation to food, tenderness refers to the quality of being easy to chew or cut.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tendernessnoun

    the quality or state of being tender (in any sense of the adjective)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenderness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenderness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tenderness in a Sentence

  1. Maya Angelou:

    The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

  2. Kahlil Gibran:

    Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

  3. Pope Francis:

    Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of The Future You, to listen also to the silent cry of our common home, of our sick and polluted Earth. Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need.

  4. Sarah Maddison:

    I have no doubt that Malcolm Turnbull will be wanting to move the party in a different direction on climate change but he will also be remembering with some tenderness that this was the issue that saw him ousted as opposition leader.

  5. James Corden:

    I watched that 'Try a Little Tenderness' dance routine so many times, the tape on the VHS wore out.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. extroversive
    • B. epidemic
    • C. soft-witted
    • D. unsealed

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