- a tendency to express warm, compassionate feelings
- When the lovers were together, their cold indifference gave way to love and tenderness.
- 1853, Charlotte Brontë, Villette (novel)
- I had known him jealous, suspicious; I had seen about him certain tendernesses, fitfulnesses—a softness which came like a warm air, and a ruth which passed like early dew, dried in the heat of his irritabilities: this was all I had seen.
- concern for the feelings or welfare of others
- When they saw the poor orphans, they were overwhelmed with tenderness for them.
- pain or discomfort when an affected area is touched
- He noted her extreme tenderness when he touched the bruise on her thigh.
- French: tendresse
- German: Zärtlichkeit
- Italian: tenerezza
- Portuguese: ternura
- Russian: не́жность
- Spanish: ternura
- Russian: забо́тливость
- Russian: чувстви́тельность