[sawft-hahr-tid, soft-]
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Origin of soft-hearted

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

Synonyms for soft-hearted

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tender, kind-hearted. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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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