Definition of tenderness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtendərnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈtendərnəs/


1Gentleness and kindness: he picked her up in his arms with great tenderness
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  • I've never seen an equine vendor played with such a vulnerable tenderness.
  • Cruz gives a stoical performance that brings some tenderness to what is essentially a rather uncomfortably melancholic melodrama.
  • Almost entirely sung through, the contemporary score mixes both vaudevillian frivolity and heartfelt tenderness seamlessly.
kindness, kindliness, kindheartedness, tenderheartedness, compassion, care, concern, sympathy, humanity, warmth, fatherliness, motherliness, gentleness, benevolence, generosity
1.1Feelings of deep affection; devotion: tenderness for the opposite sex
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  • In exquisite tenderness the passionate embrace, climbing higher towards ecstasy.
  • She looked at him, and felt a wave of tenderness.
  • I laughed with delight and laid my hand along his cheek, smiling at him as a sudden wave of tenderness swept me.
affection, fondness, love, devotion, loving kindness, emotion, sentiment
2Sensitivity to pain: abdominal tenderness
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  • Bacterial prostatitis is diagnosed by a rectal examination, which reveals the acute tenderness of the gland.
  • The abdomen was soft with mild right upper quadrant tenderness on deep palpation.
  • Palpation of the Achilles tendon often elicits tenderness along the tendon.
soreness, pain, inflammation, irritation, bruising;
ache, aching, smarting, throbbing
3The quality of being easy to cut or chew; succulence: steak braised to perfect tenderness in a red-wine-and-brandy sauce
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  • The steak was grilled to perfection, yet retaining its juicy tenderness.
  • To ensure its tenderness, the loin was first seared then cooked at a very low temperature for a couple of hours.
  • Increasing tenderness of beef would likely increase consumer demand for beef.

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Syllabification: ten·der·ness

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