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gentle sex

or gentler sex

noun, Older Use: Sometimes Offensive.
1.
women in general (usually used facetiously):
courtesy toward the gentle sex.
Origin of gentle sex
1575-1585
1575-85
Usage note
This is a dated term, usually used for humorous effect but sometimes perceived as condescending to women. It makes reference to a stereotype of women’s basic nature, namely that women are gentle in comparison to men.
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  • And he, accustomed to go his own way unhampered by the caprices of the gentle sex, agreed!

  • He is greater, and will be loved more hereafter by the gentle sex.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • An exploit truly worthy of the tender passion, and the gentle sex!

  • Not so with the gentle sex—I say it in their praise; they cannot abide abruptness.

  • In writing of authors of the gentle sex, his ink-pot became a pot of honey.

    The Dreamer Mary Newton Stanard
  • Since that time I have been convinced that they of the gentle sex are girls from fifteen to eighty.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • His proved knack with the gentle sex had turned his head and now cost him all his leisure time.

    Yekl Abraham Cahan
  • But take notice that these small deceits in the gentle sex are natural, and by no means immoral.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • He had an eye for the gentle sex even when their fairness was disguised by dirty pinafores and stiff pigtails.

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo de la Roche
  • It is always the gentle sex which is hard and cruel and fickle and implacable.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner

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