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Noun: tenderness  ten-du(r)-nus
  1. A tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
  2. A pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)
    "the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness";
    - soreness, rawness
  3. Warm compassionate feelings
    - tenderheartedness
  4. A positive feeling of liking
    "he had trouble expressing the tenderness he felt";
    - affection, affectionateness, fondness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philia
  5. A feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)
    - softheartedness

Sounds like: teenier, tenia, terness, ten

Type of: affectionateness, compassion, compassionateness, concern, feeling, fondness, hurting, lovingness, pain, warmth

Encyclopedia: Tenderness