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[ten-der-hahr-tid] /ˈtɛn dərˈhɑr tɪd/
soft-hearted; sympathetic.
Origin of tender-hearted
First recorded in 1530-40
Related forms
tender-heartedly, adverb
tender-heartedness, noun
compassionate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tenderhearted
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  • Yet Marietta was a right good child and quite too tenderhearted.

    The Broken Cup Johann Heinrich Daniel Zschokke
  • But how his words thrilled through the just and tenderhearted Joseph!

  • And Peter says (1 Pet 3, 8): "Loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded."

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • And there's the tenderhearted Oysterman, he treads like a cat.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Everybody liked him--everybody except the tenderhearted Oysterman.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "Alice her name is," said the tenderhearted Oysterman, sneeringly.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • The tenderhearted Oysterman had turned white in the face when Milly spoke.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "But we won't hurt 'em, Flick," said the tenderhearted Oysterman.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Ben had ort to been the only son of a tenderhearted widow lady of means.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • When not unnerved by responsibility the Marshal was tenderhearted to an extreme.

    Napoleon's Marshals R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for tenderhearted


having a compassionate, kindly, or sensitive disposition
Derived Forms
tenderheartedly, adverb
tenderheartedness, noun
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