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)]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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)
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