ungentle


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ungentle

(ʌnˈdʒɛntəl)
adj
not gentle
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ungentle - not of the nobilityungentle - not of the nobility; "of ignoble (or ungentle) birth"; "untitled civilians"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"
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So you must try to be contented with making your name boyish, and playing brother to us girls," said Beth, stroking the rough head with a hand that all the dish washing and dusting in the world could not make ungentle in its touch.
In a short pause which ensued, she had a fancy that she felt Miss Betsey touch her hair, and that with no ungentle hand; but, looking at her, in her timid hope, she found that lady sitting with the skirt of her dress tucked up, her hands folded on one knee, and her feet upon the fender, frowning at the fire.
THE ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical.
At length, however, the boisterous pastime terminated, suddenly, as might be expected: the little one was hurt, and began to cry; and the ungentle play-fellow tossed it into its mother's lap, bidding her 'make all straight.' As happy to return to that gentle comforter as it had been to leave her, the child nestled in her arms, and hushed its cries in a moment; and sinking its little weary head on her bosom, soon dropped asleep.
Yet prejudices so obstinate have not made him an ungentle or impracticable companion.
"Then who is ungentle and unkind now?" she cried in triumph.
One was annoyed because his left pedal had come off, and the other because his tyre had become deflated, small and indeed negligible accidents by Bun Hill standards, due entirely to the ungentle handling of the delicate machines entrusted to them--and they failed to see clearly how they put themselves in the wrong by this method of argument.
Ungentle Goodnights: Life in a Home for Elderly and Disabled Naval Sailors and Marines and the Perilous Seafaring Careers That Brought Them There
He is deformed, crooked, old and sere, IU-facd, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere; Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind, Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
That is why I'm so appreciative of those five fierce Black humanist women and the thousands like them who courageously share their experiences, their truths, and allow the rest of us a glimpse at an oftentimes ungentle reality that we may not have been privy to otherwise.
Aristotle wrote of it similarly in his books on the generation of the animals, (33) although another is added; this is the rigid and the flexible, meaning by the former the ungentle (I am constrained to call it that for lack of a proper word) [22] and the gentle by the latter.
* MARCUS: Speak, gentle niece, what stern ungentle hands Have lopp'd and hew'd and made thy body bare Of her two branches, those sweet ornaments-- In Julie Taymore's Titus, Lavinia wears branches for hands, recalling Shakespeare's recurring imagery: Lavinia's hands "tremble, like aspen-leaves, upon a lute"; Chiron, sneering, suggests her "stumps will let [her] play the scribe." Wood as scene of violation, wood as body, body as failed writing instrument.