AskDefine | Define tenderness

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1 a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
2 a pain that is felt when the area is touched [syn: soreness]
3 warm compassionate feelings [syn: tenderheartedness]
4 a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart" [syn: affection, affectionateness, fondness, heart, warmheartedness]
5 a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless) [syn: softheartedness]

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  1. a tendency to express warm, compassionate feelings
    When the lovers were together, their cold indifference gave way to love and tenderness.
  2. concern for the feelings or welfare of others
    When they saw the poor orphans, they were overwhelmed with tenderness for them.
  3. pain or discomfort when an affected area is touched
    He noted her extreme tenderness when he touched the bruise on her thigh.

Extensive Definition

Tenderness can mean:
tenderness in Turkish: Şefkat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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