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gentle

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of gentle

  1. 1 not harsh or stern especially in nature or effect <use a gentle detergent on that delicate silk blouse> <her gentle ways> Synonyms balmy, benign, bland, delicate, light, mellow, mild, nonabrasive, soft, soothing, tender Related Words calm, pacific, peaceful, placid, quiet, serene, tranquil; clement, compassionate, easy, lenient, merciful; buffering, cushioning, emollient, softening; sleek, slick, smooth Near Antonyms exquisite, fierce, intense, powerful, severe; forceful, forcible, savage, violent; roughened, rugged, strong; abrading, irritating, roughening; grim, gruff, rude, stiff; heavy-handed, oppressive, pitiless, tyrannical (also tyrannic) Antonyms abrasive, caustic, coarse, hard, harsh, rough, scathing, stern, ungentle

  2. 2 marked by temperatures that are neither too high nor too low <whisk the egg yolks in a double boiler set over a gentle heat> Synonyms balmy, equable, genial, clement, mild, moderate, soft, temperateRelated Words clear, cloudless, fair, rainless, sunny, sunshiny; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, tranquil; delightful, fine, pleasantNear Antonyms blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, rough, squally, stormy, windy; misty, rainy, showery; bleak, cloudy, dismal, foggy, gloomy, gray (also grey), hazy, overcast, sunless; bitter, dirty, foul, nasty, rawAntonyms harsh, inclement, intemperate, severe

  3. 3 of high birth, rank, or station <loved reading about the days when gentle lords and ladies danced at fancy balls> Synonyms aristocratic, blue-blooded, genteel, noble, grand, great, highborn, highbred, patrician, silk-stocking, upper-class, upper-crust, wellbornRelated Words high, lofty, superior; elevated, ennobled, exalted; gentlemanly, kingly, knightly, ladylike, lordly, princely, queenly, regal, royal; high-level, seniorNear Antonyms inferior, knavish; bastard, illegitimate; ordinary, plain; abased, degraded; junior, subordinateAntonyms baseborn, common, humble, ignoble, low, lower-class, lowly, mean, nonaristocratic, plebeian, ungenteel

  4. 4 not loud in pitch or volume <the mother spoke in a gentle voice to her child> Synonyms dull, soft, low, quietRelated Words dead, silent, still; calm, dreamy, hushed, peaceful, restful, serene, soothing, stilly, tranquil; muffled, muted, softened, toned (down)Near Antonyms brazen, crashing, dinning, discordant, noisy, obstreperous, raucous, rip-roaring, vociferous; grating, harsh, shrill, squealing, strident; clarion, clear, trumpetlikeAntonyms blaring, blasting, booming, clamorous, clangorous, deafening, earsplitting, loud, overloud, piercing, plangent, resounding, ringing, roaring, sonorous, stentorian, thundering, thunderous




gentle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of gentle

  1. a man or woman of high birth or social position <the archbishop treated both the gentles and the commoners with respect and kindness> Synonyms aristocrat, blue blood, gentleperson, noble, patricianRelated Words socialite, swell; magnate, magnifico, mogul, nabob; gentlefolk (also gentlefolks)Near Antonyms canaille, commoner, pleb, plebeian, proletarian, roturier; boor, fellah, peasant, peon




gentle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of gentle

  1. 1 to lessen the anger or agitation of <employees soon learned that their hot-tempered boss needed to be gentled several times a day> Synonyms appease, assuage, conciliate, disarm, pacify, mollify, placate, propitiateRelated Words calm, comfort, console, content, hush, quiet, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize); endear (to), ingratiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please; adulate, blarney, flatter, overpraise, soft-soap; quench, sate, satiate, satisfy; cater (to), humor, indulge; blandish, cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle; baby, coddle, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil; dulcify, sweetenNear Antonyms aggravate, annoy, antagonize, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, cross, exasperate, gall, get, grate, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pique, put out, rankle, rile, roil, ruffle, vex; provoke, rouse; harass, harry, persecute, pester; agitate, discomfort, distress, disturb, fret, perturb, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, offend, slightAntonyms anger, enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, madden, outrage

  2. 2 to touch or handle in a tender or loving manner <soothingly gentled his cat's head as she was being treated by the vet> Synonyms caress, fondle, love, pat, pet, strokeRelated Words bill, canoodle, cuddle, neck, nestle, nose, nuzzle, snuggle, spoon; feel up, paw; cradle, embrace, enfold, hug; bounce, dandle; knead, massage; baby, coddle, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

  3. 3 to lessen the shock of <adding a bit of sugar to the salsa will gentle the hot spiciness of the chili peppers> Synonyms buffer, cushion, softenRelated Words baffle, dampen, deaden, dull, obtund; moderate, modulate, temper; allay, alleviate, assuage, ease; lighten, mitigate, relieveNear Antonyms heighten, intensify, sharpen





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