Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • adjective compassionate for another's distress
  • adjective easily moved to love

Etymologies

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From tender + hearted

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • "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?

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