Soft-hearted

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Soft-hearted Having softness or tenderness of heart; susceptible of pity or other kindly affection; gentle; meek.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • soft-hearted Having a soft or tender heart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Soft-hearted kind-hearted: gentle: meek
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Soft words win hard hearts.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Have a strong mind and a soft heart.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sófte, séfte; Dut. zacht, Ger. sanft.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps Valerie's heart was even more reconciled to the cure of its soft and luxurious malady by the renewal of their acquaintance.
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Soft words may in time operate on hardened hearts, as water continually dropping on the rock wears it away.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
For the most part we are soft at heart, soft, I mean, not in the sense of being tender, but in that of being flabby.
"The Conquest of Fear" by Basil King
So Donnegan closed the door softly and turned away with ashes in his heart.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
But he heard a soft fluttering somewhere and took heart.
"The Little House in the Fairy Wood" by Ethel Cook Eliot
What though his hand was hard, so was not his heart, too often the case with soft palms.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
He had not left more than five minutes when a soft and elaborate rat-tat from the little brass knocker brought my heart into my mouth.
"The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman
They are great business men, however, notwithstanding their soft hearts, and the most rapid money-makers in the empire.
"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
We're too soft-hearted and chivalrous.
"The Apartment Next Door" by William Andrew Johnston
His captors had really been soft-hearted.
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

Rise higher, O moon, above the hills!
Sigh softly, O evening breeze!
My throbbing heart with longing thrills
As I wait beneath the trees.
"At the Trysting-Place" by Ozora Stearns Davis
When heart to heart spoke soft and low,
As lovers' words are spoken.
When truth was truth and youth was youth,
And never a vow was broken.
"The Time Of The Rose Is Over" by Alexander Anderson
In vain, with dull and tuneless ear,
I linger by soft Music's cell,
And in my heart of hearts would hear
What to her own she deigns to tell.
"Fourth Sunday In Advent" by John Keble
Of the bright things in earth and air
How little can the heart embrace!
Soft shades and gleaming lights are there -
I know it well, but cannot trace.
"Fourth Sunday In Advent" by John Keble
But who can speak what most they feel,
The tender heart so sways the mind;
Down the soft cheek the tear may steal,
But thought no utterance can find.
"Western Star" by William Crafts
Here is a thing my heart wishes the world had more of:
I heard it in the air of one night when I listened
To a mother singing softly to a child restless and angry
in the darkness.
"Poems Done On A Late Night Car" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

I'm Mouse, I am a big girl with a soft heart and sensitive personality.
PAOLI — Miles Flynn harbors a soft spot in his heart for the written word.
A new report making waves this month says the jury's still out on whether those big, fish-oil soft gels offer much benefit for persons already living with heart disease.
We humans tend to have a soft spot in our hearts for animals.
I have a soft heart when it comes to children.
I have a soft spot in my heart for the " Fable " franchise.
Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine.
There will always be a soft spot in my heart for gnomes .
Not content to stop there, I also strapped on a couple of the company's heart-rate devices: the Wahoo Blue HR Heart Rate Strap ($80), and the Wahoo Soft Heart Rate Strap ($50).
It's called Polinahe, which means "soft and sweet music from the heart".
Fans have always known there are two sides to Travis Tritt: the hellbent-for-leathercountry-rocker, and the sensitive ballad singer brave enough to show you his soft heart.
As much as Paul Rodgers likes to rock out, he certainly has a "soft" spot in his heart for a good ballad.
I have a soft spot in my heart for the elderly.
Big, soft, squishy: These words describe Jonah Hill's heart as well as his body in The Sitter , the mixed-bag last record of its star's physique before a radical slim-down.
' Step Up 3' trailer upgrades to a D. Since the only thing that surpasses my love of dance is my love of movies, you'd be right in thinking there's a soft spot in my heart for the " Step Up " franchise.
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In science:

At the heart of our approach, we replace the usual hard membership assignment of spectral clustering by a soft, probabilistic assignment, which also presents the advantage to bypass a well-known complexity bottleneck of the method.
Soft Uncoupling of Markov Chains for Permeable Language Distinction: A New Algorithm
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