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gentle

[ jen-tl ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tl /
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adjective, gen·tler, gen·tlest.
verb (used with object), gen·tled, gen·tling.
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Origin of gentle

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English gentle, gentil(e), from Old French gentil “highborn, noble,” from Latin gentīlis “belonging to the same family,” equivalent to gent- (stem of gēns ) gens + -īlis -le

synonym study for gentle

1. Gentle, meek, mild refer to an absence of bad temper or belligerence. Gentle has reference especially to disposition and behavior, and often suggests a deliberate or voluntary kindness or forbearance in dealing with others: a gentle pat; gentle with children. Meek implies a submissive spirit, and may even indicate undue submission in the face of insult or injustice: meek and even servile or weak. Mild suggests absence of harshness or severity, rather because of natural character or temperament than conscious choice: a mild rebuke; a mild manner.

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British Dictionary definitions for gentle

gentle
/ (ˈdʒɛntəl) /

adjective
verb (tr)
noun
a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
archaic a person who is of good breeding

Derived forms of gentle

gently, adverb

Word Origin for gentle

C13: from Old French gentil noble, from Latin gentīlis belonging to the same family; see gens
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