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[sawft-hahr-tid, soft-] /ˈsɔftˈhɑr tɪd, ˈsɒft-/
very sympathetic or responsive; generous in spirit:
a soft-hearted judge.
Origin of soft-hearted
First recorded in 1570-80
Related forms
soft-heartedly, adverb
soft-heartedness, noun
tender, kind-hearted. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Parents are soft-hearted to their children, and are prone to yield.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
  • At the memory of it soft-hearted Ailie Lindsey sobbed on her mother's shoulder.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Each of these soft-hearted troopers was gradually acquiring and nursing a personal grudge.

  • "Tom always was soft-hearted," and her big son became silent.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Nell was soft-hearted after all, and she knew how that second copy of the novel had reached the Mirror office.

    When a Man's Single J. M. Barrie
  • Julie straightened up and glared at her soft-hearted sister.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Did her troubled face express only the natural sympathy of a sensitive, soft-hearted woman—or something more?

    The Red Cross Barge Marie Belloc Lowndes
Word Origin and History for soft-hearted

also softhearted, 1590s, from soft (adj.) "tender" + hearted. Related: Soft-heartedly; soft-heartedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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