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  • n. Plural form of tenderness.


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  • In the domestic circle his affections and his tendernesses were his most conspicuous traits, and in the domestic circle he was as unfortunate for his children through his very virtues as outside it he was unfortunate by reason of his vices.

    A History of the Four Georges and of William IV, Volume III (of 4)

  • I rather suspect there were "tendernesses," but only such as a fine gentleman permits himself amongst semi-savage peoples -- something that seems to say, "Be as fond of me as you like, and it is a great privilege you enjoy; and I, on my side, will accord you such of my affections as I set no particular store by."

    Lord Kilgobbin

  • Also, on occasion, she can be firm and hard, even cynical An intellectual woman, and at the same time a very womanly woman, capable of sudden tendernesses, flashes of emotion, and abrupt actions.


  • One of the back-in-time tendernesses I've felt for people was seeing how folks, like the Romans, often buried their dogs with fond inscriptions.


  • They whispered flirty little tendernesses to each other, laughed, kissed, and lingered on the beach as the final fading hues of pink, orange, and plum faded from the sky.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • It is one of these adamantine tendernesses which are the touchstones of every age and race.

    G.K. Chesterton and Heinrich Pesch

  • I felt as if I had come into the knowledge of those domestic weaknesses and tendernesses in a sacred confidence, and that to disclose them, even to Steerforth, would be wrong.

    David Copperfield

  • The old interest he had had in her, and her old trusting reliance on him, were tinged with melancholy in his mind: so soon had change stolen over them, and so soon had they glided into the past with other secret tendernesses.

    Little Dorrit

  • Bar knew all about the gullibility and knavery of people; but Physician could have given him a better insight into their tendernesses and affections, in one week of his rounds, than Westminster Hall and all the circuits put together, in threescore years and ten.

    Little Dorrit

  • Yes, the most miserable: for that dreary confinement of Duquesne had its tendernesses and kindly associations connected with it; and many a time in after days I have thought with fondness of the poor Biche and my tipsy jailor, and the reveille of the forest birds and the military music of my prison.

    The Virginians


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  • And if all else fails, try tenderneffes.

    April 9, 2010

  • Go for it, ru!

    April 9, 2010

  • Well... gosh... I'd be stammering.... *feels embarrassed tendernesses toward frogapplause*

    April 9, 2010

  • Every time I try to pronounce this word, it sounds ugly. I bet ruzuzu could do justice to it!

    April 9, 2010