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Definition 1: a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling - [noun denoting attribute]

(tenderness is a kind of ...) a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love

Definition 2: a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless) - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for tenderness in the sense of this definition

(tenderness is a kind of ...) a feeling of sympathy for someone or something

"She felt strong concern for those less fortunate"

Definition 3: a positive feeling of liking - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where tenderness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had trouble expressing the affection he felt
  • the child won everyone's heart
  • the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home

Synonyms for tenderness in the sense of this definition

(tenderness is a kind of ...) the experiencing of affective and emotional states

"she had a feeling of euphoria" "he had terrible feelings of guilt" "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"

(... is a kind of tenderness ) a feeling of affection for a person or an institution

(... is a kind of tenderness ) a feeling of protective affection

(... is a kind of tenderness ) a feeling of friendship and esteem

"she mistook his manly regard for love" "he inspires respect"

(... is a kind of tenderness ) a sentimental affection

"she had a soft spot for her youngest son"

Definition 4: warm compassionate feelings - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for tenderness in the sense of this definition

(tenderness is a kind of ...) a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

Definition 5: a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where tenderness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness
  • after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on

Synonyms for tenderness in the sense of this definition

(tenderness is a kind of ...) a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

"the patient developed severe pain and distension"

(... is a kind of tenderness ) soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction

(... is a kind of tenderness ) pain felt when a hand pressing on the abdomen is suddenly released; a symptom of peritoneal inflammation

(... is a kind of tenderness ) soreness and warmth caused by friction

"he had a nasty chafe on his knee"

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