gentle


gentle
gentle [jent′'l]
adj.
gentler, gentlest [ME gentil < OFr, of noble birth < L gentilis, of the same gens (in LL, of a good family) < gens: see GENS]
1. belonging to the upper classes or polite society
2. like or suitable to polite society; refined, courteous, etc.
3. Archaic noble; chivalrous [a gentle knight]
4. generous; kind [gentle reader]
5. easily handled; tame [a gentle dog]
6. kindly; serene; patient [a gentle disposition]
7. not violent, harsh, or rough [a gentle tap, a gentle rebuke]
8. gradual [a gentle slope]
n.
Archaic a person of the upper classes
vt.
gentled, gentling
1. Rare to make gentle, mild, or pleasant
2. to tame or train (a horse)
3. to calm or soothe as by stroking
4. Obs. to raise to the social status of a gentleman
SYN.- SOFT
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the gentle craft or the gentle art
1. fishing
2. Obs. shoemaking
gentleness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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