- kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
- not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
- moderate: gentle heat.
- gradual: a gentle slope.
- of good birth or family; wellborn.
- characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable: a gentle upbringing.
- easily handled or managed; tractable: a gentle animal.
- soft or low: a gentle sound.
- polite; refined: Consider, gentle reader, my terrible predicament at this juncture.
- entitled to a coat of arms; armigerous.
- Archaic. noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.
- to tame; render tractable.
- to mollify; calm; pacify.
- to make gentle.
- to stroke; soothe by petting.
- to ennoble; dignify.
Origin of gentle
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Examples from the Web for gentleness
When he does, here is a gentleness in his voice, a reflective and lovely quality that no movie he has been in has ever captured.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
I wanted to somehow plug into it with gentleness and love, because those are things I feel comfortable with.The Casual Genius of Jenny Slate: ‘Marcel the Shell,’ ‘Obvious Child,’ and the Ghost of ‘SNL’
October 17, 2014
His brown eyes were penetrating yet peaceful, and he immediately disarmed my nervousness with his gentleness.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
His body has an even grace, his face a restless eagerness, and a gentleness, not to be confused with ‘niceness,’ is his manner.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
I dreaded to hear what he was going to say, but he spoke with the same simplicity and gentleness.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
"Trouble him not," murmured the melancholy man, with gentleness.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Notwithstanding their gentleness, during the first year the Huberts were often discouraged.The Dream
Gentleness and mercy should blend their benign influences with justice.
He had been early trained to gentleness, docility, and goodness.
All the lines in his face were those of gentleness and truth.Tiverton Tales
- the quality of being gentle
- physics a property of elementary particles, conserved in certain strong interactionsSee also charm 1 (def. 7)
- having a mild or kindly nature or character
- soft or temperate; mild; moderatea gentle scolding
- graduala gentle slope
- easily controlled; tamea gentle horse
- archaic of good breeding; noblegentle blood
- archaic gallant; chivalrous
- to tame or subdue (a horse)
- to appease or mollify
- obsolete to ennoble or dignify
- a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
- archaic a person who is of good breeding
Word Origin and History for gentleness
early 13c., "well-born," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble, of good family" (11c., in Modern French "nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty"), from Latin gentilis "of the same family or clan," from gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan," from root of gignere "beget," from PIE root *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "gracious, kind" (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of "mild, tender" is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.