from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easily moved by another's distress; compassionate.

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  • adj. compassionate for another's distress
  • adj. easily moved to love


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From tender + hearted


  • In Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum's "Ms. Hempel Chronicles," for example, the schoolteacher of the title imagines her students as "tenderhearted vultures."

    In Fiction, Opposites Attract

  • Here we learn that she is Deza Malone, a straight-A student and the daughter of a "willowy and radiant and spell-bindingly beautiful" mother and a father who delights in alliteration she is his Darling Daughter Deza, as well as the little sister of a honey-voiced, tenderhearted teenage brother.

    The Book That Broke the Color Line

  • "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

    Tim Tebow: God's Quarterback

  • In truth, when it becomes embedded in your fingernails after changing a particularly messy diaper and the only way to get rid of the real or psychological stink is to cut them off and bleach the cuticles, no immature but ultimately tenderhearted guy will ever regard feces as if it were a coat of blush and gaze at you lovingly, realizing at long last that he's found his soul mate.

    Meredith C. Carroll: Potty Training Our Daughter: Do We Have To?

  • Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

    Eugene Cho: The Tragic Paradox Of Christian Jerks

  • A good thing, because I'm sure there was a tenderhearted little Pilgrim girl like my 11-year-old daughter Poppet who would burst into tears at the sight of a beautiful wild creature, natural and free, now lying dead next to the mashed potatoes.

    Thoughts of Thanks, Now That the Bird Is Gone

  • And I felt very tenderhearted, grateful for her trust.

    Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.: How I Know That Listening Is an Act of Love

  • Plus four stewardesses in those blue uniforms and jaunty pillbox hats: Christina Ricci as a perky Bohemian purser; Karine Vanasse as a tenderhearted Frenchwoman; and Margot Robbie and Kelli Garner as two sisters, one a runaway bride, the other about to be sucked into the big leagues of Cold War intrigue.

    Slashers, Clippers and a Ghost

  • In six months of hurried work, the youngest child has produced a pensive and mostly tenderhearted reflection - "My Father at 100: A Memoir" - that commemorates the centennial of Reagan's birth.

    The uneasy namesake

  • I think he was one of the saddest, and most tenderhearted pop stars to date.

    Michael Jackson's meeting with the Gipper


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