- mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate: A clement judge reduced his sentence.
- (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant.
Origin of clement
- a male given name.
- SaintClement of Rome, a.d. c30–c100, first of the Apostolic Fathers: pope 88?–97?
- Suidger, died 1047, pope 1046–47.
- Paolo Scolari, died 1191, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1187–91.
- Guy Foulques, died 1268, French ecclesiastic: pope 1265–68.
- Bertrand de Got, 1264–1314, French ecclesiastic: pope 1305–14.
- Pierre Roger, 1291–1352, French ecclesiastic: pope 1342–52.
- Giulio de' Medici, 1478–1534, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1523–34 (nephew of Lorenzo de' Medici).
- Ippolito Aldobrandini, 1536–1605, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1592–1605.
- Giulio Rospigliosi, 1600–69, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1667–69.
- Emilio Altieri, 1590–1676, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1670–76.
- Giovanni Francesco Albani, 1649–1721, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1700–21.
- Lorenzo Corsini, 1652–1740, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1730–40.
- Carlo della Torre Rezzonico, 1693–1769, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1758–69.
- Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio GanganelliLorenzo Ganganelli, 1705–74, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1769–74.
Related Words for clementbalmy, clear, fair, fine, moderate, peaceful, temperate, warm, benevolent, benign, charitable, compassionate, easy, forbearing, gentle, humane, humanitarian, indulgent, kind, kind-hearted
Examples from the Web for clement
Contemporary Examples of clement
A recent exhibition of the artist Clement Valla featured objects and prints, but the only thing sold to collectors were TIFFs.Would You Buy an Internet Website as Art?
June 3, 2014
Democrats then returned fire on Clement Haynsworth and Harrold Carswell.Robert Bork
December 19, 2012
Clement is a highly respected lawyer with a sterling pedigree.
But defending DOMA in Boston, Clement made a different argument.
But on Wednesday, Clement said the opposite—that the federal government could not choose uniformity in the immigration context.
Historical Examples of clement
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.
Those Sundays were pleasant days to Clement and the girl whom he hoped to win for his wife.
After this, Clement Austin told Margaret that he could be of no use to her.
Clement Austin was scarcely less pale than Henry Dunbar himself.
- (of the weather) mild
Word Origin for clement
- Saint, called Clement of Rome. pope (?88–?97 ad). Feast day: Nov 23
- original name Bertrand de Got. ?1264–1314, pope (1305–14): removed the papal seat from Rome to Avignon in France (1309)
- 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)
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.