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 Those who knew him well will remember him first for his kindness, gentleness, and generosity of spirit. Allen Kim, CNN, "Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias dies at 74," 19 May 2020 Think Ophelia-meets-Pheobe-Philo-meets-Nan-Goldin—romance and nostalgia mixed with grit and angst; there's a defiance to it, but also a distinct gentleness, too, courtesy of that chintz upbringing. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Are You a 'Wallpaper Girl'? The Story Behind Today's Coolest Aesthetic," 30 Apr. 2020 President Putin has an alluring combination of strength with gentleness. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden fights accusation of sexual assault," 27 Mar. 2020 Tom seems more concerned with getting Kate’s life back on track than with getting her into bed, and his extreme gentleness is a nice counterbalance to her severity. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Last Christmas Is a Welcome Dose of Sweetness," 6 Nov. 2019 Outsiders have come in and taken advantage of the Southern gentleness. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: Money talks, but to get Global Forum built, it must listen, too," 10 Jan. 2020 Be sensitive and kind to your sweetie and that gentleness will be returned., "Most read on," 9 Nov. 2019 Your strength, gentleness, humor and caring beautiful soul touches everyone who knows you. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Said She Has an "Unspoken Chemistry" With Steve Kazee Ahead of the Birth of Their First Child," 3 Dec. 2019 And maybe, in this hyped up, more-faster-now world, a little gentleness can change your life after all. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Canyon Ranch Woodside: First In," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gentleness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Gentleness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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