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gentilesse

[ jen-tl-es, jen-tl-es ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tlˌɛs, ˌdʒɛn tlˈɛs /
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noun

the quality of being gentle.

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Origin of gentilesse

1300–50; Middle English <Middle French gentillesse, equivalent to gentil (see genteel, gentle) + -esse noun suffix
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gentilesse
/ (ˈdʒɛntəˌlɛs) /

noun

archaic politeness or good breeding

Word Origin for gentilesse

C14: from Old French gentillesse; see genteel
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