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clement

[klem-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate: A clement judge reduced his sentence.
  2. (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant.

Origin of clement

1425–75; late Middle English (< Old French) < Latin clēment-, stem of clēmēns gentle, merciful
Related formsclem·ent·ly, adverbo·ver·clem·ent, adjective

Clement

[klem-uh nt]
noun
  1. a male given name.

Clement I

noun
  1. SaintClement of Rome, a.d. c30–c100, first of the Apostolic Fathers: pope 88?–97?

Clement II

noun
  1. Suidger, died 1047, pope 1046–47.

Clement III

noun
  1. Paolo Scolari, died 1191, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1187–91.

Clement IV

noun
  1. Guy Foulques, died 1268, French ecclesiastic: pope 1265–68.

Clement V

noun
  1. Bertrand de Got, 1264–1314, French ecclesiastic: pope 1305–14.

Clement VI

noun
  1. Pierre Roger, 1291–1352, French ecclesiastic: pope 1342–52.

Clement VII

noun
  1. Giulio de' Medici, 1478–1534, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1523–34 (nephew of Lorenzo de' Medici).

Clement VIII

noun
  1. Ippolito Aldobrandini, 1536–1605, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1592–1605.

Clement IX

noun
  1. Giulio Rospigliosi, 1600–69, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1667–69.

Clement X

noun
  1. Emilio Altieri, 1590–1676, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1670–76.

Clement XI

noun
  1. Giovanni Francesco Albani, 1649–1721, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1700–21.

Clement XII

noun
  1. Lorenzo Corsini, 1652–1740, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1730–40.

Clement XIII

noun
  1. Carlo della Torre Rezzonico, 1693–1769, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1758–69.

Clement XIV

noun
  1. Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio GanganelliLorenzo Ganganelli, 1705–74, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1769–74.
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Examples from the Web for clement

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Historical Examples

  • But this man, named Clement, a banker from Peoria, had proved unworthy.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • Clement Austin saw the sudden change that had come over her countenance.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Those Sundays were pleasant days to Clement and the girl whom he hoped to win for his wife.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • After this, Clement Austin told Margaret that he could be of no use to her.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Clement Austin was scarcely less pale than Henry Dunbar himself.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for clement

clement

adjective
  1. merciful
  2. (of the weather) mild
Derived Formsclemently, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin clēmēns mild; probably related to Greek klinein to lean

Clement I

noun
  1. Saint, called Clement of Rome. pope (?88–?97 ad). Feast day: Nov 23

Clement V

noun
  1. original name Bertrand de Got. ?1264–1314, pope (1305–14): removed the papal seat from Rome to Avignon in France (1309)

Clement VII

noun
  1. original name Giulio de' Medici. 1478–1534, pope (1523–34): refused to authorize the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII of England to Catherine of Aragon (1533)
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Word Origin and History for clement

adj.

mid-15c., "mild," of persons (attested from early 13c. as a surname), from Old French clement, from Latin clementem (nominative clemens) "mild, placid, gentle" (see clemency). Of weather, 1620s. Taken as a name by several early popes and popular in England as a masculine given name from mid-12c., also in fem. form Clemence.

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