1. tenderness, affectionateness, fondness, lovingness, warmth

usage: a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling

2. tenderness, soreness, rawness, pain, hurting

usage: a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched); "the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness"; "after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on"

3. tenderness, tenderheartedness, compassion, compassionateness

usage: warm compassionate feelings

4. affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philia, feeling

usage: a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"

5. softheartedness, tenderness, concern

usage: a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)

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