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[man-swi-tood, -tyood] /ˈmæn swɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
mildness; gentleness:
the mansuetude of Christian love.
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
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  • In any case, the mansuetude of the good emperor was in this respect shielded from all reproach.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for mansuetude


(archaic) gentleness or mildness
Word Origin
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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