mansuetude

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

noun

mildness; gentleness: the mansuetude of Christian love.

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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
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Example sentences 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

mansuetude
/ (ˈmænswɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

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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