[ man-swi-tood, -tyood ]

  1. mildness; gentleness: the mansuetude of Christian love.

Origin of mansuetude

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin mānsuētūdō tameness, mildness, equivalent to mānsuē-, base of mānsuēscere to become tame, mild (man(us) hand + suēscere to become accustomed) + -tūdō-tude

Words Nearby mansuetude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mansuetude in a sentence

  • He was positively sheeplike in his mansuetude, whereas I had intended to make him a stern avenger of virtue.

    A Top-Floor Idyl | George van Schaick
  • He was rubicund, and his little eyes looked me over with priestly mansuetude.

    Romance | Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The system has no room for it; even as it has no room for clemency, mansuetude; forbearance towards the weak.

    From a Cornish Window | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • In any case, the mansuetude of the good emperor was in this respect shielded from all reproach.

  • It includes, unless the writer has misread it, an element of greater mansuetude and a less perturbed reflectiveness.

    The Later works of Titian | Claude Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for mansuetude


/ (ˈmænswɪˌtjuːd) /

  1. archaic gentleness or mildness

Origin of mansuetude

C14: from Latin mansuētūdō, from mansuētus, past participle of mansuēscere to make tame by handling, from manus hand + suescēre to train

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