adjective, gen·tler, gen·tlest.
verb (used with object), gen·tled, gen·tling.
- gentisic acid,
- gentle breeze,
- gentle craft,
- gentle sex,
Origin of gentle
Examples from the Web for gentleness
When he does, here is a gentleness in his voice, a reflective and lovely quality that no movie he has been in has ever captured.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I wanted to somehow plug into it with gentleness and love, because those are things I feel comfortable with.The Casual Genius of Jenny Slate: ‘Marcel the Shell,’ ‘Obvious Child,’ and the Ghost of ‘SNL’|Kevin Fallon|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His brown eyes were penetrating yet peaceful, and he immediately disarmed my nervousness with his gentleness.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His body has an even grace, his face a restless eagerness, and a gentleness, not to be confused with ‘niceness,’ is his manner.
I dreaded to hear what he was going to say, but he spoke with the same simplicity and gentleness.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has seemed to change his nature, and is all love and gentleness.Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
The winning expression of innocence and gentleness in her mild, childish eyes particularly struck him.
I am obliged to you for the gentleness and moderation of your dun, considering how long I have been your debtor.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims|Andrew Steinmetz
Pedro gladly went, and all that day tried ineffectually to conciliate the angry man by patience, gentleness, and obedience.The White Shield|Myrtle Reed
With gentleness and tenderness there must go dauntless bravery and grim acceptance of labor and hardship and peril.Theodore Roosevelt|Theodore Roosevelt
Word Origin for gentle
early 13c., "well-born," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble, of good family" (11c., in Modern French "nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty"), from Latin gentilis "of the same family or clan," from gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan," from root of gignere "beget," from PIE root *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "gracious, kind" (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of "mild, tender" is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.