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soft-hearted

[sawft-hahr-tid, soft-] /ˈsɔftˈhɑr tɪd, ˈsɒft-/
adjective
1.
very sympathetic or responsive; generous in spirit:
a soft-hearted judge.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80
Related forms
soft-heartedly, adverb
soft-heartedness, noun
Synonyms
tender, kind-hearted.
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  • Claud was soft-hearted under his rough outer appearance.
Word Origin and History for soft-hearted
adj.

also softhearted, 1590s, from soft (adj.) "tender" + hearted. Related: Soft-heartedly; soft-heartedness.

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