Definition of "tenderness" []

  • Easily broken, cut, or crushed; soft; not tough (adjective)
  • Easily damaged; vulnerable or sensitive (adjective)
  • Having or expressing warm and affectionate feelings (adjective)
  • Kind, merciful, or sympathetic (adjective)
  • Arousing warm feelings; touching (adjective)
  • Gentle and delicate (adjective)
  • Requiring care in handling; ticklish (adjective)
  • Painful or sore (adjective)
  • Sensitive to moral or spiritual feelings (adjective)
  • Careful or protective (adjective)
  • (of a sailing vessel) easily keeled over by a wind; crank (adjective)
  • To make tender (verb)
  • To treat tenderly (verb)
  • A tendency to express warm, compassionate feelings (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

  • Concern for the feelings or welfare of others (noun)
  • Pain or discomfort when an affected area is touched (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "tenderness" in a sentence
  • "Iago devotes himself to wronged Othello, and says, _Let him command whatever bloody business_, and in me it shall be an act, not of cruelty, but _of tenderness, to obey him_; not of malice to other, but of _tenderness_ for him."
  • "I very well understand what you call tenderness, madam; but in some situations, pity -- pity -- is the greatest insult."
  • "I never, my dear girl, knew happiness till now; my tenderness is absolutely a species of idolatry; you cannot think what a slave this lovely girl has made me."