gentleness


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gen·tle

 (jĕn′tl)
adj. gen·tler, gen·tlest
1. Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.
2. Not harsh or severe; mild and soft: a gentle scolding; a gentle tapping at the window.
3. Easily managed or handled; docile: a gentle horse.
4. Not steep or sudden; gradual: a gentle incline.
5.
a. Of good family; wellborn: a child of gentle birth.
b. Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite: a gentle greeting to a stranger.
6. Archaic Noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.
n. Archaic
One of good birth or relatively high station.
tr.v. gen·tled, gen·tling, gen·tles
1. To make less severe or intense: The peaceful sunset gentled her dreadful mood.
2. To soothe, as by stroking; pacify.
3. To tame or break (a horse).
4. Obsolete To raise to the status of a noble.

[Middle English gentil, courteous, noble, from Old French, from Latin gentīlis, of the same clan, from gēns, gent-, clan; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

gen′tle·ness n.
gen′tly adv.

gentleness

(ˈdʒɛntəlnɪs)
n
1. the quality of being gentle
2. (General Physics) physics a property of elementary particles, conserved in certain strong interactions. See also charm17

Gentleness

 

See Also: KINDNESS

  1. Gentle as a newborn colt —Rex Reed In Reed’s novel, Personal Effects, the gentle behavior is that of a man making love.
  2. (Looked as) gentle as a suckling dove —Arthur Train
  3. Gently as a whisper —Slogan for door checks, Sargent & Co.
  4. Tender as dusk —Jessamyn West
  5. Tenderly as a mother —John Greenleaf Whittier
  6. Tender as young love —Maxwell Anderson
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gentleness - the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual
gradient, slope - the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient"
2.gentleness - acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered; "his fingers have learned gentleness"; "suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby"; "even in the pulpit there are moments when mildness of manner is not enough"
personal manner, manner - a way of acting or behaving

gentleness

noun tenderness, compassion, kindness, consideration, sympathy, sweetness, softness, mildness, kindliness the gentleness with which she treated her pregnant mother
Translations
لَطافَه
jemnostmírnost
blidhedrolighedsvaghed
elõkelõ származás
mildi; mÿkt

gentleness

[ˈdʒentlnɪs] N
1. (= gentle nature) [of person] → dulzura f (de carácter); [of manner, voice] → dulzura f, delicadeza f; [of smile] → dulzura f, ternura f; [of hint, reminder, rebuke] → lo discreto; [of animal] → mansedumbre f, docilidad f
2. (= care) (in handling sth/sb) → cuidado m; (= consideration) → consideración f
3. (= mildness) [of shampoo, soap, etc] → suavidad f
4. (= lightness) [of movement, touch, breeze] → suavidad f, ligereza f
5. (= not steepness) [of slope] → suavidad f

gentleness

[ˈdʒɛntəlnɪs] ndouceur f

gentleness

n
Sanftheit f; (of animal)Zahmheit f; (of treatment)Behutsamkeit f; (of touch, colour)Zartheit f, → Sanftheit f; (of pace, exercise)Gemächlichkeit f
(= mildness: of detergent, lotion, cream) → Milde f
(= subtlety)Milde f

gentleness

[ˈdʒɛntlnɪs] n (see adj) → dolcezza; (XXX) → delicatezza; (XXX) → discrezione f; (XXX) → leggerezza

gentle

(ˈdʒentl) adjective
1. (of people) behaving, talking etc in a mild, kindly, pleasant way. a gentle old lady; The doctor was very gentle.
2. not strong or rough. a gentle breeze.
3. (of hills) rising gradually. a gentle slope.
ˈgently adverb
ˈgentleness noun
References in classic literature ?
Meg saw the girls glance at it and then at one another, and her cheeks began to burn, for with all her gentleness she was very proud.
One could not help wondering where Tom Foster got his gentleness.
Ye are right, sir," returned the old man, again changing his tones to those of gentleness, or rather softness; "the girl is the image of what her mother was at her years, and before she had become acquainted with grief.
Yet she knew that there was love in the child's heart, although it mostly revealed itself in passion, and hardly twice in her lifetime had been softened by such gentleness as now.
They gave me so little trouble-- they were of a gentleness so extraordinary.
This delicacy is chiefly evinced in the action of sweeping, when in maidenly gentleness the whale with a certain soft slowness moves his immense flukes from side to side upon the surface of the sea; and if he feel but a sailor's whisker, woe to that sailor, whiskers and all.
There was no gentleness in him, as there was in his father, but only hardness, a hard voice, a hard eye, a hard hand; and I felt from the first that what he wanted was to wear all the spirit out of me, and just make me into a quiet, humble, obedient piece of horseflesh.
He had deep, black eyes, and a face full of gentleness and pain.
Certainly they will, in their gentleness, their lowly docility of heart, their aptitude to repose on a superior mind and rest on a higher power, their childlike simplicity of affection, and facility of forgiveness.
The hum- blest hello-girl along ten thousand miles of wire could teach gentleness, patience, modesty, manners, to the highest duchess in Arthur's land.
He knew, himself, that he had done a noble and gracious thing, and was privately well pleased with his magnanimity; and that night he set the incident down in his diary, so that his son might read it in after years, and be thereby moved to deeds of gentleness and humanity himself.
He has borne him- self with gentleness and meekness, yet with true manliness of character.