ten·​der·​heart·​ed | \ ˈten-dər-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce tenderhearted (audio) \

Definition of tenderhearted

: easily moved to love, pity, or sorrow : compassionate, impressionable

Other Words from tenderhearted

tenderheartedly adverb
tenderheartedness noun

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Examples of tenderhearted in a Sentence

a tenderhearted offer of help for the victims of the earthquake
Recent Examples on the Web The project is the backbone of writer-director Mike Mills’s latest tenderhearted film, C’mon C’mon, detailing the complications of cross-generational dynamics in black-and-white. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 The Abyss resembles a tenderhearted melodrama about touching the otherworldly sublime in the vein of Contact or Close Encounters of the Third Kind far more than other sub flicks. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 22 Dec. 2020 That dumpling baby had grown into the dearest of boys—sweet, tenderhearted, with a gifted intellect. Gayle Somers, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2018 Every now and then Millie loses track of one of the older kids, the teenage Jesse (Lamar Johnson), a tenderhearted fellow who would just like for everybody to get along. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tenderhearted

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Tenderhearted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderhearted. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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ten·​der·​heart·​ed | \ ˌten-dər-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce tenderhearted (audio) \

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: easily affected with feelings of love, pity, or sorrow


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