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softheartedness

Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being softhearted; sentimental tenderness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)

Etymologies

softhearted +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A hardheadedness, but also a high-mindedness and softheartedness, seems to be at work.

    Gen Next and the Culture Wars

  • Mumbling self-deprecations to his softheartedness, Dredd motioned for Gregory to follow him into the store.

    Fat Tuesday

  • Tamoszius made good wages; and little by little the family were paying back their debt to Marija, so she ought soon to have enough to start life upon -- only, with her preposterous softheartedness, she would insist upon spending a good part of her money every week for things which she saw they needed.

    The Jungle

  • Aulis, to give him his daughter as a sacrifice; but he did not give her, but by his softheartedness ruined the expedition, which ingloriously failed.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • As the agency that turns off the water if customers don't pay the bills, the Altoona City Authority doesn't enjoy a reputation for softheartedness.

    The Altoona Mirror

  • The chief dissenting voice among them was Britain’s Douglas Haig, but not out of any softheartedness: he just thought the Allied military situation was a bit less ideal than his colleagues did, and so did not want the terms so harsh that the Germans might refuse them.

    How Wars end

  • a thief, with his "Gotts in Himmel" and his "Fräuleins" -- how Jean would laugh at her for her softheartedness!

    The Tin Soldier

  • "These admonitions were followed by a dire curse on any one who was turned from his purpose by hope of life or by softheartedness.

    The History of Rome, Vol. IV

  • "Your profession relies upon the forbearance and softheartedness of the public.

    The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton

  • "Aloft there! lie out, you Perkins, and reeve a whip on the starboard yard -- arm to lower Mr" -- The rest stuck in his throat, but, as if ashamed of his softheartedness, he threw as much gruffness as he could into his voice as he sung out -- "Beat to quarters there!

    Tom Cringle's Log

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