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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TENDERER

The Bull was still to be enforced, but the Pope's ear was tenderer to the survivors.

A man with tenderer nerves than Foyle would have found it a startling journey.

Never did one arise from a warmer, a tenderer, or a purer heart.

When we are moved, we are more alive; we are stronger, tenderer, nobler.

These words seemed to freeze at once all the tenderer emotions of Ursula.

Her reply was tenderer than she knew, for now he still further appealed to her.

The slower it boils, the better it will look, and the tenderer it will be.

These things insensibly make us wiser and tenderer, and better.

The musings of Deerfoot took a daintier, softer, tenderer tint.

Garth never took his eyes from her; but she was tenderer with the patient than he could have been.

WORD ORIGIN

"soft, easily injured," early 13c., from Old French tendre "soft, delicate, tender" (11c.), from Latin tenerem (nominative tener) "soft, delicate, of tender age," from PIE *ten- "stretch" (see tenet). Meaning "kind, affectionate, loving" first recorded c.1300. Meaning "having the delicacy of youth, immature" is attested from early 14c. Tender-hearted first recorded 1530s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.