When you reach France you will tell the French you have been leniently dealt with, won't you?
Thus in every way the Inquisition dealt with him as leniently as they could.
"Judy likes to see herself go by in the mirror," smiled Elinor leniently.
That she should have been treated so leniently and Jeanne so cruelly!
How leniently, then, should we deal with those who labor for our pleasure in these capacities!
"Just like a fool woman," people say leniently, and are willing to let it pass.
"Of course the Tommies don't need them," she leniently added.
"Well, I don't see why not," agreed the lieutenant, leniently.
"Perhaps he only did it to keep the talk going, and to give the old man a chance to say something," March leniently suggested.
Would that we might all be judged as leniently by future critics!
1650s, "relaxing, soothing," from Middle French lenient, from Latin lenientem (nominative leniens), present participle of lenire "to soften, alleviate, mitigate, allay, calm," from lenis "mild, gentle, calm," probably from PIE root *le- "to leave, yield, let go, slacken" (cf. Lithuanian lenas "quiet, tranquil, tame, slow," Old Church Slavonic lena "lazy," Latin lassus "faint, weary," Old English læt "sluggish, slow," lætan "to leave behind"). Sense of "mild, merciful" (of persons) first recorded 1787. In earlier use was lenitive, attested from early 15c. of medicines, 1610s of persons.