Definition of tenderness in English:

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tenderness

Pronunciation: /ˈtɛndənəs/

noun

[mass noun]
1Gentleness and kindness; kindliness: 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.
Synonyms
affection, fondness, love, devotion, loving-kindness, emotion, sentiment, sentimentality, emotionalism
kindness, kindliness, kind-heartedness, soft-heartedness, softness, tender-heartedness, compassion, compassionateness, care, concern, sympathy, warmth, warm-heartedness, fatherliness, motherliness, gentleness, benevolence, generosity, humaneness
succulence, juiciness, softness
sensitivity to pain, soreness, painfulness, inflammation, rawness;
ache, aching, smarting, throbbing, irritation, bruising
1.1Feelings of deep affection: 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.
2Sensitivity to pain; soreness: 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.
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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