sweetness and light


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sweetness and light

n
an apparently affable reasonableness
[C19: adopted by Matthew Arnold from Swift's Battle of the Books (1704)]
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Noun1.sweetness and light - a mild reasonableness; "when he learned who I was he became all sweetness and light"
affability, affableness, amiableness, bonhomie, geniality, amiability - a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
References in classic literature ?
It entertained many visitors, who invariably went away with their souls filled with ecstasy over the atmosphere of sweetness and light that pervaded the place.
This was not conducive to sweetness and light, and we can well imagine how he ate his soul with bitterness during those dreary eight months.