gen·​tle·​ness | \ˈjen-tᵊl-nəs \

Definition of gentleness 

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

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But don't let its gentleness fool you — this stuff is still just as effective, thanks to those papaya fruit enzymes, which chemically slough away dead skin without any sort of scrubbing involved. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Tatcha Is Giving Its Fan-Favorite Rice Enzyme Powder a Makeover," 31 July 2018 For the first time in the entire trip, a gentleness fell over us. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 There is a surreal quality to them, an artful gentleness to the lines and colors that resembles that of her photographs. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 At this point, Porter conjured uncommon intimacy in the spacious auditorium, thanks to the quiet ardor of his vocals and the gentleness of the symphonic accompaniment led by conductor Outwater. Howard Reich,, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 But after Max is murdered, Gus grows ruthless, vengeful, and manipulative, and his gentleness morphs into a strategic inscrutability. Matthew Gilbert,, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 In some not-quite-definable way, the film itself is all of a piece with Rogers’s principled gentleness. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "5 movies you should see this month," 29 June 2018 In addition to its gentleness and cost (aquamation for dogs runs anywhere from $150 to $400, while cremation is around $100), veterinarians and pet funeral homes began to market aquamation’s environmental benefits. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water," 14 June 2018 One day, in church, Little St. Don heard the priest speaking of someone named Jesus Christ, who was greater and more powerful than any one of us, paradoxically, through his very gentleness. George Saunders, The New Yorker, "Little St. Don," 19 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of gentleness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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