Meaning of soft-hearted in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɒftˈhɑːtɪd/

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  • Kind and compassionate.

    ‘you ought to turn her away but you were always soft-hearted’
    • ‘Although 55 cats for which she cared have been adopted in the last 16 months, not every cat the soft-hearted Alcorn takes in is adoptable.’
    • ‘Darker and more harrowing is Saved starring Scottish veterans Irene McCallum and Edith McArthur in a poignant tale of a soft-hearted young nurse on a dementia ward.’
    • ‘I am probably what I consider to be one of the new generations of soft-hearted parents who like to be intimately involved in every aspect of my children's lives.’
    • ‘When the matron of an African orphan farm decided that the soft-hearted bachelor Mr J L B Matekoni adopt two of her charges, one in a wheelchair, he meekly agreed.’
    • ‘More important, Moravia's novels offer a bracing counterpoint to today's soft-hearted and headed fiction.’
    • ‘It seems to have attracted a nice range of comments from soft-hearted animal lovers and those who um, think everyone else's opinions are a load of rubbish.’
    • ‘Now, I'm very soft-hearted and happen to know that my meat appears by special act of creation divinely shrink-wrapped on Tesco shelves.’
    • ‘The soft-hearted lady of the lamp tended tirelessly to the wounded of the Crimean War and laid the foundations of modern nursing.’
    • ‘Either it was a case of beggars can't be choosers or the interview panel had not found me too old, white, middle class and soft-hearted after all.’
    • ‘Mommy isn't strong enough to protect the family and is too soft-hearted to discipline the children.’
    • ‘There are plenty of soft-hearted guys around who'll try to help out a damsel who's clearly in distress.’
    • ‘She is very kind, very soft-hearted and always eager to help.’
    • ‘He's a soft-hearted romantic behind his leather and greased-lightning exterior.’
    • ‘As a young girl Margo had been soft-hearted, always ready to help someone in trouble, always picking up pals.’
    • ‘Its hero is a man of silent morality from a different era, wide-eyed, soft-hearted and out of place.’
    • ‘At home, her mother continually berates her soft-hearted salesman father for what she sees as the poor business skills that keep them on the edge of poverty.’
    • ‘I was surprised to read that one of those soft-hearted Cornish fisherman had put a lobster back in the sea after catching it in one of his pots, because he thought it looked tired and deserved a break.’
    • ‘He's taken in by the soft-hearted Lilo, a young girl with a passion for animals.’
    • ‘My husband has his opinions, of course, but I'm too soft-hearted to tell her the truth.’
    • ‘He could not believe how that soft-hearted man had even risen to the post he occupied.’
    kind, tender-hearted, kind-hearted, mild, tender, kindly, gentle, sympathetic, affectionate, generous, charitable, compassionate, indulgent, humane, lenient, merciful, beneficent, benign, benignant, benevolent
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