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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.
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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.
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Clement I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

noun
  1. Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio GanganelliLorenzo Ganganelli, 1705–74, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1769–74.
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  • 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
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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
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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)
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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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