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

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Other Words from tenderhearted

tenderheartedly adverb
tenderheartedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tenderhearted


adoring, affectionate, devoted, fond, loving, tender



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Examples of tenderhearted in a Sentence

a tenderhearted offer of help for the victims of the earthquake

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That dumpling baby had grown into the dearest of boys—sweet, tenderhearted, with a gifted intellect. Gayle Somers, WSJ, "Life Is Worth Living, Even if It Is Painful and Short," 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, "Review: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig and Los Angeles Tensions in ‘Kings’," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tenderhearted

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of tenderhearted

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

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