[ man-swi-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈmæn swɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


mildness; gentleness: the mansuetude of Christian love.

Nearby words

  1. mansonelliasis,
  2. mansonia,
  3. mansplain,
  4. manspread,
  5. manstealing,
  6. mansur,
  7. mansur, al-,
  8. mansûra,
  9. manta,
  10. manta bay

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mansuetude

  • In any case, the mansuetude of the good emperor was in this respect shielded from all reproach.

  • 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
  • It stands in the history of the present time as a high school for the civility and mansuetude of the people.

    The Last Harvest|John Burroughs
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for mansuetude


/ (ˈmænswɪˌtjuːd) /


archaic gentleness or mildness

Word Origin for 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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Word Origin and History for mansuetude



"tameness, gentleness, mildness," late 14c., from Latin mansuetudo "tameness, mildness, gentleness," noun of state from past participle stem of mansuescere "to tame," literally "to accustom to the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + suescere "to accustom, habituate," from PIE *swdh-sko-, from *swedh- (cf. sodality), extended form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom).

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