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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.

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. Unknown:

    Words lead to deeds.... They prepare the soul, make it ready, and move it to tenderness.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Happiness will bloom with fragrance and beauty if you plant the seeds of love with a deep driving desire in the garden of hope and nurture with tenderness, compassion, and care; if you are always eager to share.

  3. Johann Kaspar Lavater:

    There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.

  4. Marlene Dietrich:

    Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.

  5. Kahlil Gibran:

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

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    • A. match
    • B. substitute
    • C. rapture
    • D. nuisance

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