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tenderness noun

ADJ. extreme, great, infinite | unexpected | loving

QUANT. wave He felt a brief wave of tenderness towards his old teacher.

VERB + TENDERNESS feel | show

PREP. with (a) ~ She spoke with loving tenderness. | ~ for/towards She felt great tenderness for him.

PHRASES tenderness in sb's eyes/voice, etc. There was tenderness in his face as he looked at her.