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Word of the Day 5/20/14 Gentle

Looks like we have another long one. So sorry.

Gentle (adjective, verb)
gen·tle [jen-tl]


adjective, gen·tler, gen·tlest.
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), gen·tled, gen·tling.
12. to tame; render tractable.
13. to mollify; calm; pacify.
14. to make gentle.
15. to stroke; soothe by petting.
16. to ennoble; dignify.

Synonyms
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.

Antonyms
1. harsh, cruel.
2. violent, sudden.
7. wild, unruly.

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


Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

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azziria
May. 20th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
Lost. H50 drabble, Steve/Danny, 100 words.
simplyn2deep
May. 20th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Gentle. H50 drabble, Mary & Joan

http://writergurlscrn.livejournal.com/119743.html

Edited at 2014-05-20 06:59 pm (UTC)
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