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Definitions of gentle

  1. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; " She managed to mollify her angry boss"
  2. belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; " an aristocratic family"; " aristocratic Bostonians"; " aristocratic government"; " a blue family"; " blue blood"; " the blue- blooded aristocracy"; " of gentle blood"; " patrician landholders of the American South"; " aristocratic bearing"; " aristocratic features"; " patrician tastes"
  3. easily handled or managed; " a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"
  4. marked by moderate steepness; " an easy climb"; " a gentle slope"
  5. having little impact; " an easy pat on the shoulder"; " gentle rain"; " a gentle breeze"; " a soft ( or light) tapping at the window"
  6. having or showing a kindly or tender nature; " the gentle touch of her hand"; " her gentle manner was comforting"; " a gentle sensitive nature"; " gentle blue eyes"
  7. quiet and soothing; " a gentle voice"; " a gentle nocturne"
  8. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; " a gentle reprimand"; " a vein of gentle irony"; " poked gentle fun at him"
  9. stroke soothingly
  10. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; " She managed to mollify the angry customer"
  11. Well- born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
  12. Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as, a gentle nature, temper, or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.
  13. A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader.
  14. Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
  15. One well born; a gentleman.
  16. A trained falcon. See Falcon- gentil.
  17. A dipterous larva used as fish bait.
  18. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
  19. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
  20. To make kind and docile, as a horse.
  21. Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop .
  22. Mild and refined in manner and disposition; kindly; moderate in action; peaceful; docile; easy; well- born or descended.
  23. Gently.
  24. Well- born: mild and refined in manners: mild in disposition: amiable: soothing.
  25. GENTLENESS.
  26. The maggot of the blue- bottle used as bait in angling.
  27. Of good lineage; refined; amiable; kind.
  28. Mild; kindly; soft or low; peaceful; docile; easy.
  29. Of honorable family; noble.
  30. Of good birth; not rough, harsh, or severe, but placid, bland, and mild in manners; not wild or refractory.
  31. A larva of the flesh- fly.
  32. Well born; mild; amiable; meek; soothing; pacific; not rough or violent.
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Antonyms for gentle

difficult, foggy, stormy, saucy, pitiless, stiff, gray, rough, case-hardened, common, fretful, forbidding, autocratic, savage, obdurate, stern, throaty, forceful, impertinent, blustery, coercive, domineering, brash, desensitized, prole, earsplitting, arch, assaultive, gloomy, cold-blooded, proletarian, mordant, blasting, bold-faced, tough, authoritarian, thunderous, low, hardhanded, unmerciful, ignoble, brazen, fiery, sarcastic, degraded, sulky, clamorous, roaring, intimidating, surly, bilious, imperious, testing, ordinary, heavy, Brawly, commanding, rancorous, fixed, challenging, crusty, crashing, gruff, sharp, untamed, indomitable, austere, acidic, stinging, snappish, shrewd, dictatorial, croaking, untrained, bleak, ruthless, determined, sanguine, steely, dour, hard-boiled, ramrod, clear, intense, mulish, resentful, resolute, squally, blustering, raspy, ironhearted, foul, flinty, persistent, corrosive, cocksure, affectless, sullen, grating, unfeeling, wise, brassy, predatory, toilsome, unwashed, loud, dirty, bearish, stony, inflexible, exquisite, windy, recalcitrant, unlovely, mutinous, illegitimate, pungent, ill-tempered, inhuman, sassy, soulless, headstrong, lordly, unmitigated, lowborn, rapacious, impudent, compassionless, agonistic, scratchy, dismal, backbreaking, sweaty, cutting, nervy, callous, contentious, predaceous, ungentle, scalding, irritating, hellacious, humble, wild, inexorable, rugged, bold, insolent, tart, gusty, steep, snarky, forcible, pugnacious, balky, rigid, burdensome, raw, Cast iron, coarse, sore, seditious, cloudy, grueling, effortful, raucous, obstreperous, cantankerous, irresponsible, belligerent, strong, vicious, lowering, mean, strict, raptorial, trying, arbitrary, deafening, bloody, Hard-hearted, resounding, ringing, stonyhearted, rebellious, brazen-faced, smart aleck, Moiling, dyspeptic, sardonic, Abrading, smart-alecky, rasping, unrelenting, bloody-minded, rip-roaring, thick-skinned, sanguinary, gravelly, remorseless, audacious, acerb, discordant, embittered, tangy, pertinacious, imperative, unyielding, resolved, harsh, brutal, compulsory, churlish, disputatious, penetrating, morose, Chippy, rusty, splenetic, ill-natured, raging, sanguineous, insensate, stentorian, violent, unequivocal, unruly, aggressive, Slam-bang, despotic, bloodthirsty, blaring, scathing, clarion, nasty, combative, inhumane, acrid, augean, furious, arrogant, knavish, stark, brassbound, insubordinate, absolute, arduous, restive, compulsive, relentless, sunless, argumentative, stubborn, rude, immovable, subordinate, stringent, unkind, hazy, pachydermatous, merciless, disagreeable, severe, ferocious, contumacious, positive, gladiatorial, abrasive, fresh, lower class, breezy, quarrelsome, inclement, excruciating, dogmatic, authoritative, uncompromising, formidable, biting, nippy, unflinching, peremptory, Roughening, insensitive, take-no-prisoners, strenuous, sonorous, lumpen, squealing, hard, showery, powerful, vociferous, noisy, exacting, cheeky, overcast, plain, disobedient, baseborn, smarting, clangorous, decided, slash-and-burn, thundering, barbed, overbearing, booming, grim, strident, heavy-handed, refractory, intractable, shrill, rigorous, fierce, acerbic, unconditional, inferior, fell, uncontrollable, keen, crabbed, low-life, Dinning, unsympathetic, cruel, fidgety, ornery, croaky, pick-and-shovel, piercing, intemperate, dogged, Abased, plebeian, tyrannical, vulgar, murderous, skittish, feisty, heady, acrimonious, hateful, unconquerable, heartless, demanding, supreme, haughty, uncharitable, bitter, abrupt, junior, acidulous, militant, scrappy, roughened, unmanageable, lowly, acid, frisky, unsparing, Overloud, caustic, smart-mouthed, warlike, sour, rainy, hard line, uncultivated, oppressive, onerous, precipitous, obstinate, Searing, tall, Unamiable, ill-humored, homicidal, gravel, plangent, truculent, indurate, grievous, confrontational, laborious, satiric, controlling, bellicose, uphill, sheer, Murdering, misty.

Quotes of gentle

  1. I love doing this day, and George was exactly as he's always been, very calm and very gentle and if I'm in the final cut in the summer theater, I'll be thrilled. If I'm not, well that's the way things go. – Jeremy Bulloch
  2. I would rather the man who presents something for my consideration subject me to a zephyr of truth and a gentle breeze of responsibility rather than blow me down with a curtain of hot wind. – Grover Cleveland
  3. It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. – Frederick Douglass
  4. Thus, I steer my bark, and sail On even keel, with gentle gale. – Matthew Green
  5. Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path. – George Herbert
  6. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. – Garrison Keillor
  7. Old #64 chose... a gentle jog, fast enough to prove I was alive, slow enough to savor the cheers. They washed over me. They warmed me. I knew I could live without them but I loved them. – Jerry Kramer
  8. The safest road to hell is the gradual one- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. – C. S. Lewis
  9. Of this they drank half a pint every day, and sometimes more or less, as it operated, by way of gentle physic. Two others had each two oranges and one lemon given them every day. These they ate with greediness, at different times, upon an empty stomach. – James Lind
  10. Daddy was real gentle with kids. That's why I expected so much out of marriage, figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant. – Loretta Lynn
  11. Fame is indeed beautiful and benign and gentle and satisfying, but happiness is something at once tender and brilliant beyond all things. – Mary MacLane
  12. Culture makes all men gentle – Menander
  13. Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence. – Jean Paul
  14. It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more. – Agnes Repplier
  15. Since childhood she had walked the Devon rivers with her father looking for flowers and the nests of birds, passing some rocks and trees as old friends, seeing a Spirit everywhere, gentle in thought to all her eyes beheld. – Henry Williamson

Usage examples for gentle

  1. And you'll have to be very gentle and very careful with both of them." – Anything You Can Do by Gordon Randall Garrett
  2. But by this time Annie, gentle as she was, had got a little angry. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  3. She was too soft and gentle for that. – The Dark Flower by John Galsworthy
  4. Wise, and gentle and good, and clever- all this and more. – The Adventures of Akbar by Flora Annie Steel
  5. O Caroline, it is well you are gentle – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  6. Gentle Aunt Lois had no thought of being angry. – Princess Polly's Playmates by Amy Brooks
  7. Her father and her mother who had been so gentle to her! – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  8. I'm a poor man, gentle lady- won't you tell me for love? – The Literary Sense by E. Nesbit
  9. He broke out in a gentle laugh. – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  10. It was the same sweet, gentle voice that called to them to come in. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  11. " You- you surely are not going to- morrow, Lucian," and the gentle voice trembled. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  12. A lady appeared behind her, tall, good- looking still and wearing a sad and gentle air. – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  13. Maman said in her gentle even voice: " For myself and my children, I swear to do all that you tell us." – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  14. One night this gentle lady was taken very ill, and everyone was afraid that she was going to die. – The Scottish Fairy Book by Elizabeth W. Grierson
  15. His gentle thrust had hurt her. – The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks
  16. She put out one hand, drew him to her, and gave him a gentle kiss with lips which felt very calm. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  17. Now sit up straight while I break the news to you gentle – Torchy by Sewell Ford
  18. Steve's gentle smile never left his lips. – Then I'll Come Back to You by Larry Evans
  19. She's very different in these days, Jim, so gentle and good and brave- I never saw such a change! – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  20. This pure, this gentle creature cannot lie! – The Maid of Orleans A Tragedy by Frederich Schiller

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