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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TENDERNESS

They were a hard-faced lot; he had not picked them for tenderness.

It is to the length of these fibers that the tenderness of meat is due.

Since the death of her father, there had been none on whom she could lavish the great gifts of her tenderness.

Fidelity and tenderness—those would be hers if she married him.

At thirty a man should look back with tenderness, forward with hope.

And I would follow you to the grave, to show you all the tenderness I feel for you.

"Ah, but you will not think so long," rejoined Mrs. Temple, with tenderness.

The stern self-control had stolen something of the tenderness from her lips.

There were no expressions of tenderness in the Wade household.

Then you'll understand what it is to be treated like this when your whole soul is in need of tenderness.

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.

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