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[sawft-hahr-tid, soft-]
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  1. very sympathetic or responsive; generous in spirit: a soft-hearted judge.

Origin of soft-hearted

First recorded in 1570–80
Related formssoft-heart·ed·ly, adverbsoft-heart·ed·ness, noun


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tender, kind-hearted.
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Examples from the Web for softhearted

Historical Examples

  • She was not going into this fight soft-handed or softhearted.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George

  • As a nation, we may take pride in the fact that we are softhearted; but we cannot afford to be soft-headed.

  • I am quite aware that there are lots of softhearted people who will say I ought never to have allowed Danjuro to do what he did.

    The Air Pirate

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • But he shall find out that it was only a child, only a silly, softhearted baby he played with down here.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • On the 28th Grey again expressed one of his softhearted propositions for peace.

British Dictionary definitions for softhearted


  1. easily moved to pity
Derived Formssoftheartedly, adverbsoftheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for softhearted



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

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