soft-hearted


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soft′-heart′ed



adj.
very sympathetic or responsive; generous in spirit.
[1570–80]
soft′-heart′ed•ly, adv.
soft′-heart′ed•ness, n.
Translations

soft-hearted

[ˈsɒftˈhɑːtɪd] ADJcompasivo, bondadoso

soft-hearted

[ˌsɒftˈhɑːtɪd] adjdal cuore tenero

soft

(soft) adjective
1. not hard or firm; easily changing shape when pressed. a soft cushion.
2. pleasantly smooth to the touch. The dog has a soft, silky coat.
3. not loud. a soft voice.
4. (of colour) not bright or harsh. a soft pink.
5. not strict (enough). You are too soft with him.
6. (of a drink) not alcoholic. At the party they were serving soft drinks as well as wine and spirits.
7. childishly weak, timid or silly. Don't be so soft – the dog won't hurt you.
ˈsoftly adverb
ˈsoftness noun
soften (ˈsofn) verb
to make or become soft or softer, less strong or less painful. The thick walls softened the noise of the explosion.
ˌsoft-ˈboiled adjective
(of eggs) slightly boiled, so that the yolk is still soft. She likes her eggs soft-boiled.
ˌsoft-ˈhearted adjective
kind-hearted and generous. He had been given some money by a soft-hearted aunt.
ˌsoft-ˈspoken adjective
having a gentle voice or manner. She was a soft-spoken woman with a shy smile.
ˈsoftware noun
computer programs, as opposed to the machines themselves (ˈhardware).
ˈsoftwood noun, adjective
(of) the wood of a conebearing tree eg a pine. softwood furniture.
have a soft spot for
to have a weakness for (someone or something) because of great affection. He's always had a soft spot for his youngest son.
References in classic literature ?
But he was so soft-hearted that anyone could impose upon him.
No, no, ladies dear, be always sentimental and soft-hearted, as you are--be the soothing butter to our coarse dry bread.
The nurse was neither clever nor soft-hearted but she could repeat some of the London doctor's words.
How my fool of a soft-headed soft-hearted brother would rage if he knew how cunningly I have saved his pocket.
But I'm so soft-hearted," I went insanely on, "that I should be sorry to see that happen to such fine fellows as you are.
Leaving the sexton at the horse's bridle, he drew out the chaise with his own hands, and would have harnessed the horses, but that the post-boy of the village--a soft-hearted, good-for-nothing, vagabond kind of fellow--was moved by his earnestness and passion, and, throwing down a pitchfork with which he was armed, swore that the rioters might cut him into mincemeat if they liked, but he would not stand by and see an honest gentleman who had done no wrong, reduced to such extremity, without doing what he could to help him.
He was only a soft-hearted grateful fellow, and had nothing genteel or polite about him; consequently, instead of going home again, in his grief, to kick the children and abuse his mother (for, when your finely strung people are out of sorts, they must have everybody else unhappy likewise), he turned his thoughts to the vulgar expedient of making them more comfortable if he could.
Adolph and Rosa had arranged the chamber; volatile, fickle and childish, as they generally were, they were soft-hearted and full of feeling; and, while Miss Ophelia presided over the general details of order and neatness, it was their hands that added those soft, poetic touches to the arrangements, that took from the death-room the grim and ghastly air which too often marks a New England funeral.
They're soft-hearted psalm-singers, or they wouldn't have taken him in at all; and they'll ask no questions after him, fear they should be obliged to prosecute, and so get him lagged.
There were actually tears in the bold woman's eyes, as the soft- headed and soft-hearted girl twined her arms about her neck.
Of you and against you I ask it," said Don Quixote; "for I am not marble, nor are you brass, nor is it now ten o'clock in the morning, but midnight, or a trifle past it I fancy, and we are in a room more secluded and retired than the cave could have been where the treacherous and daring AEneas enjoyed the fair soft-hearted Dido.
Rawdon thanked his sister a hundred times, and with an ardour of gratitude which touched and almost alarmed that soft-hearted woman.