tenderly

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tender +‎ -ly

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tenderly (comparative more tenderly, superlative most tenderly)

  1. In a tender manner; gently; sweetly.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      and the hour striking at which I was oblig'd to dispatch my young man, I tenderly advised him of the necessity there was for parting

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