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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Definitions for mansuetude

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

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Citations for mansuetude
You are safe, dear old man, you are safe, temporarily, in the mansuetude of our care, Julie said. The what? The mansuetude that is to say mild gentleness of our care. Donald Barthelme, The Dead Father, 1975
For indeed, it is possible to attain a state of divine mansuetude that nothing dismays and nothing surprises, just as one in love might, after many years, arrive at a sublime tranquillity of the sentiments, sure of their force and durability, through constant experience of their pleasures and pains. Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), The Wrong Side of Paris, translated by Jordan Stump, 2003
Origin of mansuetude
Mansuetude first appears in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (“The Parson’s Tale”) and is usually associated with its opposite vices—anger, ferocity, and violence. The frequency of mansuetude has steadily declined since the 1920s and is now considered rare or archaic. The word entered English in the 1390s.