gen·​tle·​ness | \ ˈjen-tᵊl-nəs How to pronounce gentleness (audio) \

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 These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Mungo’s problem is not just his mother but his inherent gentleness, which is taboo in the city’s hyper-masculine culture. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2022 Overall, supporting someone with an eating disorder requires patience, education, understanding, compassion and gentleness. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 20 Mar. 2022 After a brief evaluation, the enormous, bald, kind-eyed man carries my boy down our stairs with the gentleness of a father. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 After Yang has a similar gentleness, coupled with more ambitious world building. David Sims, The Atlantic, 27 Jan. 2022 Sadly, the filmmaker’s road trip errs on the side of excessive gentleness. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 18 Feb. 2022 The dominating feeling is one of gentleness, grace, and care. Devin Kelly, Longreads, 19 Jan. 2022 There’s something about Melanie that is very gentle, but there’s pointy edges under that gentleness. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gentleness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Gentleness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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