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Definition of gentleness

: the quality or state of being gentle especially : mildness of manners or disposition

Examples of gentleness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marty was a pastor who provided spiritual nourishment by living and preaching the Word of God, celebrating the Holy Eucharist, offering gentleness, affirmation, peace, and benediction upon all who encountered him., "Religion briefs," 24 Apr. 2021 Many exude a gentleness and sweetness, a demeanor that, along with the shoulder-length hair of some of them, recalls the young Christ in certain canvases by Rembrandt. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Young and in Love," 23 Mar. 2021 Friends spoke of her rare gentleness, openness to the world and genuine love of people. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Mary Monahan, Dedicated Preschool Teacher, Dies at 67," 15 Mar. 2021 If crisis reveals character, Maxwell has shown strength in gentleness. Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, "Theaters hit the one-year anniversary of shutdown. How are artists keeping afloat?," 2 Mar. 2021 It’s a Sin hits eachs of these motifs with finesse, comedy, gentleness, and guts. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "It’s a Sin and the Ritual of AIDS Fiction," 11 Mar. 2021 This is where soprano Anna Christofaro first emerged, lending soulful gentleness to a pair of arias from Bach cantatas with Merblum and Boehnke laying a continuo foundation beneath her. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Small-scale performance of Bach was balanced and beautiful," 22 Feb. 2021 As much as anything else, the movie’s gentleness, earnestness and vulnerability connect it to another time. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "‘You’ve got romance’: On creating the classical backlot style of ‘Sylvie’s Love’," 4 Jan. 2021 The new ordinance states that domestic strains of honeybees have been selectively bred for desirable traits, including gentleness, honey production, tendency not to swarm and non-aggressive behavior. John Benson, cleveland, "Let the pollinating begin: Lakewood City Council approves beekeeping ordinance," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of gentleness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2021

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“Gentleness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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