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  • 1Gentleness and kindness.

    ‘he picked her up in his arms with great tenderness’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Love, danger, drugs, family, violence and tenderness power the drama.’
    • ‘With a sudden, surprising gentle and tenderness, she smoothed the cream on his hand with careful precision.’
    • ‘She also infuses warmth and a kind of tenderness into them even as they let their hair down on the dance floor.’
    • ‘The family gave him the safety and tenderness that hospitals cannot give.’
    • ‘He mixes tenderness with directness and a lack of sentimentality.’
    • ‘He conducts with drama, tenderness, and imagination, and he doesn't distort or sensationalize the music.’
    • ‘They pre-date the band's signing to Rough Trade and have a ramshackle charm, tenderness and vitality that can never be matched in a studio recording.’
    • ‘Music, like a small act of tenderness, aids romance and is certainly used in one way or another by most of us.’
    • ‘Tenderness, a sign of vulnerability, is so feared that it is showered on women with verbal abuse and blows.’
    • ‘But since there was no word of tenderness or regret, I simply said, "Don't bother," and made up my mind I'd never see him again.’
    • ‘Every member also is given a word that represents his or her most angelic quality, such as "joy," " peace, " " tenderness, " and so on.’
    • ‘He felt that what we really scared of, what really puts the fear of bloody god into us and we'll run miles to avoid, is our tenderness and vulnerability.’
    • ‘She soon established a studio that was crowded with visitors, not only to attend classes, but also to see her, seeking comfort, looking for happiness, tenderness and hope.’
    • ‘Although tenderness and lyrical moments were well present, the conception felt mostly sturdy; the weight of history and reverence on its shoulders here as in the other movements.’
    • ‘Gentle percussion best elicits rebound tenderness.’
    • ‘True, it's not a joyful film, but it was made with such tenderness, insight, and humanity.’
    kindness, kindliness, kind-heartedness, soft-heartedness, softness, tender-heartedness, compassion, compassionateness, care, concern, sympathy, warmth, warm-heartedness, fatherliness, motherliness, gentleness, benevolence, generosity, humaneness
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    1. 1.1Feelings of deep affection; devotion.
      ‘tenderness for the opposite sex’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Positively, God exercises his sanctifying power in us in order to lovingly and with much tenderness draw us close to his heart.’
      • ‘She held his sun-bronzed face between her hands, and gazed into his dark eyes with infinite tenderness.’
      • ‘There is silence in the awe of their powerful tenderness.’
      • ‘As much tenderness as he felt for her, he did not verbalize his feelings and thoughts.’
      • ‘He stole the tenderness in her lips with fierce lust, not even closing the door before he began clawing at his belt.’
      • ‘He built the tenderness up slowly and carefully, until its consummation delivered a powerful emotional payoff.’
      • ‘So looking back in tenderness along the road we trod, we will cherish the time we had with our dear sister, Ruby, and leave the rest to God.’
      • ‘There are one or two ladies he refers to with special tenderness, but he remains unmarried.’
      • ‘When the song ended, they remained in a hug for that extra moment of tenderness.’
      • ‘This looked at the ups and downs of togetherness, from the tenderness of a long term Relationship, to the loss of a loved one.’
      • ‘The way he evoked in stone such tenderness in the faces of Mary and Jesus is incredible.’
      • ‘Thus the figures in the Glasgow painting seem to be subtly caught between grief, tenderness, and adoration.’
      • ‘The recurrence of the word "tranquility" suggests sensibility's modulated tone: it demanded tears, not sobs; tenderness, rather than emotional storms.’
      • ‘And you know, in there with the queasy grin fuel and crosseyed party favours are some special, secret moments of touching tenderness.’
      • ‘Something in his voice caused me to raise my eyes to his, finding there a tenderness I had not expected.’
      • ‘His dark blue eyes gazed solemnly into hers, windows of tenderness.’
      • ‘With a single drawn-out look of longing, Cserhalmi conveys an unworldly tenderness with his deeply penetrating eyes.’
      affection, fondness, love, devotion, loving-kindness, emotion, sentiment, sentimentality, emotionalism
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  • 2Sensitivity to pain.

    ‘abdominal tenderness’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Note any drainage, redness, swelling or tenderness at exit site or along the tract.’
    • ‘Patients with right upper quadrant tenderness require an abdominal ultrasound.’
    • ‘There was no tenderness on bony palpation over the paranasal sinuses.’
    • ‘Possible side effects Breast tenderness, headaches, skin irritation.’
    • ‘Such rebound tenderness is a sign of peritoneal irritation.’
    • ‘Tenderness is the main finding in disease of this area.’
    • ‘Her extremities revealed no clubbing, cyanosis, edema, and no calf or thigh tenderness.’
    • ‘The patient walked with a normal gait, and there was no tenderness on percussion of the lumbar spine.’
    • ‘The hand and wrist should be palpated to localize the tenderness to a specific location.’
    • ‘Recurrent medial joint line pain, instability, and tenderness may indicate a chronic medial meniscal tear or osteoarthritis.’
    • ‘Parents recorded redness, swelling, and tenderness in a diary for three days after immunisation.’
    • ‘Breast tenderness is often one of the very first signs of pregnancy that women experience.’
    • ‘It is very important for you to decide if superficial tenderness has its origin in the abdominal wall or in the intra-abdominal viscera.’
    • ‘If the part of the body corresponding to the reflex area is out of balance then a degree of tenderness will be felt in the foot when pressure is applied.’
    • ‘On physical examination, tenderness over the pubic symphysis is usually present, and lack of such tenderness usually excludes the diagnosis.’
    • ‘Other side effects may occur including headaches, weight gain, nausea, breast tenderness, and depression.’
    • ‘The physical examination reveals tenderness of the distal biceps tendon that increases with resisted flexion and supination.’
    sensitivity to pain, soreness, painfulness, inflammation, rawness
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  • 3The quality of being easy to cut or chew; succulence.

    ‘steak braised to perfect tenderness in a red-wine-and-brandy sauce’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An anionic diet fed to steers did not alter plasma or muscle calcium concentrations or striploin steak tenderness.’
    • ‘The natural flavour and tenderness of the salmon is not smothered and the combination is far more manageable.’
    • ‘At this stage, the tenderness of meat can also be influenced by breaking it down physically.’
    • ‘When the pasta is cooked to the tenderness you prefer, drain it in a sieve and tip into the pan of tomatoes.’
    • ‘Breeding cows for beef is often slow because the qualities of a top-grade cut, marbling and tenderness, are unknown until after a cow is slaughtered.’
    • ‘I can't vouch for their tenderness, as compared to other raw peas I've had in the past.’
    • ‘The stars of her kitchen are her sauces, created by first seasoning and browning the meat, then letting it cook down slowly to exquisite tenderness in a rich brown sauce.’
    • ‘In this dish, the veal is served in a broth-rich pot with the beef cooked to an ideal tenderness.’
    • ‘These genes can be manipulated and used to predict meat quality, tenderness, fat contact, milk yield and disease resistance.’
    • ‘What is most important is the tenderness of the meat.’
    • ‘Beef processors have numerous techniques they can use to influence beef product tenderness including aging and various methods of mechanical tenderizing.’
    • ‘Extensive consumer evaluation has demonstrated that tenderness is the most important characteristic in determining the level of satisfaction reported for cooked beef products.’
    succulence, juiciness, softness
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/ˈtendərnəs/ /ˈtɛndərnəs/