un gentlest

gentle

[jen-tl]
adjective, gentler, gentlest.
1.
kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
2.
not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
3.
moderate: gentle heat.
4.
gradual: a gentle slope.
5.
of good birth or family; wellborn.
6.
characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable: a gentle upbringing.
7.
easily handled or managed; tractable: a gentle animal.
8.
soft or low: a gentle sound.
9.
polite; refined: Consider, gentle reader, my terrible predicament at this juncture.
10.
entitled to a coat of arms; armigerous.
11.
Archaic. noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.
verb (used with object), gentled, gentling.
12.
to tame; render tractable.
13.
to mollify; calm; pacify.
14.
to make gentle.
15.
to stroke; soothe by petting.
16.
to ennoble; dignify.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English gentle, gentil(e) < Old French gentil highborn, noble < Latin gentīlis belonging to the same family, equivalent to gent- (stem of gēns) gens + -īlis -le

gentleness, noun
gently, adverb
overgentle, adjective
overgently, adverb
ungentle, adjective
ungentleness, noun
ungently, adverb


1. clement, peaceful, pacific, soothing; tender, humane, lenient, merciful. Gentle, meek, mild refer to an absence of bad temper or belligerence. Gentle has reference especially to disposition and behavior, and often suggests a deliberate or voluntary kindness or forbearance in dealing with others: a gentle pat; gentle with children. Meek implies a submissive spirit, and may even indicate undue submission in the face of insult or injustice: meek and even servile or weak. Mild suggests absence of harshness or severity, rather because of natural character or temperament than conscious choice: a mild rebuke; a mild manner. 3. temperate. 5. noble. 7. manageable, docile, tame, quiet. 9. courteous; polished.


1. harsh, cruel. 2. violent, sudden. 7. wild, unruly.
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gentle (ˈdʒɛntəl)
 
adj
1.  having a mild or kindly nature or character
2.  soft or temperate; mild; moderate: a gentle scolding
3.  gradual: a gentle slope
4.  easily controlled; tame: a gentle horse
5.  archaic of good breeding; noble: gentle blood
6.  archaic gallant; chivalrous
 
vb
7.  to tame or subdue (a horse)
8.  to appease or mollify
9.  obsolete to ennoble or dignify
 
n
10.  a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
11.  archaic a person who is of good breeding
 
[C13: from Old French gentil noble, from Latin gentīlis belonging to the same family; see gens]
 
'gently
 
adv

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gentle
early 13c., from O.Fr. gentil "high-born, noble," from L. gentilis "of the same family or clan," from gens (gen. gentis) "race, clan," from root of gignere "beget" (see kin), from PIE base *gen- "produce." Sense of "gracious, kind" (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that
of "mild, tender" is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman "well-born man" (late 13c.). Gentleman's agreement is first attested 1929.
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