Is there any fixed term which can describe an emotional person who is very gentle, kind, sensitive, and can be easily upset?

I think a construction of "gentle," "delicate," and "tender" plus "morale" or possible "character" can work; although, this is only a simple guess and rooted from the quality that we use in our language; i.e.

  • He has a tender morale/character.
  • He has a gentle morale/character.
  • He has a delicate morale/character.

Please let me know how would you refer to such an individual.


In order to avoid any further misunderstanding, I guess I have to explain a little more! As you see in Cambridge Dictionary, the adjective "delicate" means: needing careful treatment, especially because easily damaged. Also, the word "tender" has a very close meaning where it explains it as: easily hurt; therefore, I think I can say: he has a "delicate character" OR he has a "tender character" in a figurative way; but the question is that do these sentences make sense when they stand alone or they require to be in a context to be understood or they are kind of confusing statements and sound odd and unnatural?

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    "Morale" means the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time. I don't think you are using this word properly. An emotional person's morale would go up and down, depending on how they were feeling. Your question is like asking "What is a sensitive person's hair length?" There can be no single answer. "Morale" is completely different to "character".
    – James K
    May 6, 2019 at 15:02
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a writing advice sort of question. May 7, 2019 at 8:28
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    @JimReynolds, the question is just fine - it's about word usage.
    – Jan
    May 7, 2019 at 9:52

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Sensitive or scrupulous character can all be used.

Most of suggestions from your question also go with character, but not really with morale or spirits.

"Character" is something you can describe and you can use almost unlimited number of words to do so.

"Morale" and "spirit" are something you judge, and the words like sensitive or gentle do not work here.

You need to take care to avoid phrases that have other known meanings and check them in a search engine. For example, "tender character" (using quotes) can refer to "legal tender character of notes," which is a legal term.


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