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clement

[klem-uh nt] /ˈklɛm ənt/
adjective
1.
mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate:
A clement judge reduced his sentence.
2.
(of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (< Old French) < Latin clēment-, stem of clēmēns gentle, merciful
Related forms
clemently, adverb
overclement, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clemently

clement

/ˈklɛmənt/
adjective
1.
merciful
2.
(of the weather) mild
Derived Forms
clemently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin clēmēns mild; probably related to Greek klinein to lean
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Word Origin and History for clemently

clement

adj.

mid-15c., "mild," of persons (attested from early 13c. as a surname), from Old French clement, from Latin clementem (nominative clemens) "mild, placid, gentle" (see clemency). Of weather, 1620s. Taken as a name by several early popes and popular in England as a masculine given name from mid-12c., also in fem. form Clemence.

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clemently in the Bible

mild, a Christian of Philippi, Paul's "fellow-labourer," whose name he mentions as "in the book of life" (Phil. 4:3). It was an opinion of ancient writers that he was the Clement of Rome whose name is well known in church history, and that he was the author of an Epistle to the Corinthians, the only known manuscript of which is appended to the Alexandrian Codex, now in the British Museum. It is of some historical interest, and has given rise to much discussion among critics. It makes distinct reference to Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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