One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1With gentleness, kindness, and affection.‘he spoke tenderly of his parents’‘she tenderly kissed him’‘a tenderly funny and poignant love story’
- ‘The songs sound so tenderly personal at times, I experience guilt by listening.’
- ‘She answers yes, declares her love, and the two embrace tenderly.’
- ‘Tenderly, he lifted the drink to his son's dry lips.’
- ‘Her songs tenderly deal with love and loneliness.’
- ‘Othello comes, with a light, to the sleeping Desdemona and kisses her tenderly, though convinced of her guilt.’
2In a way that is easy to cut or chew; softly.‘a large piece of tenderly cooked meat’‘tenderly textured and tasty, Brazil nuts are a source of selenium’
- ‘I think I love it the most when it is tenderly cooked in a crock pot.’
- ‘The duck was a large piece of tenderly cooked meat, but the sauce really was not very nice.’
- ‘Such usual suspects as tuna and paler yellowtail were good, as was a tenderly cooked shrimp.’
- ‘The tenderly cooked potato is enrobed in crispy luminescent yellow dough.’
- ‘The lamb shank is served in a tenderly appealing stew.’
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