sweetness and light

noun

Definition of sweetness and light 

1 : a harmonious combination of beauty and enlightenment viewed as a hallmark of culture

2a : amiable reasonableness of disposition they were all sweetness and light

b : an untroubled or harmonious state or condition but all was not sweetness and light

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Also unwelcome would be the public tongue-lashings Mr Xi might face from an American president who is currently all sweetness and light in his personal expressions towards China’s leader. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 The start of Twins of Evil: The Second Coming Tour was, by contrast, all sweetness and light -- or, given the musical tenor of their two shows, sweetness and heavy. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Unite For Beatles Cover as 'Twins Of Evil 2' Tour Kicks Off In Detroit," 12 July 2018 What sounds like sweetness and light is the result of his six 12-hour-plus days (closed Sunday), which includes overlapping three-day processes to make the croissants. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Cleveland's Fluffy Duck Cafe specializes in croissants, breads (photos, review)," 5 Apr. 2018 Yes, right away the movie dispenses with the sweetness and light and lyricism of the books by Beatrix Potter. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: This ‘Peter Rabbit’ Is No Beatrix Potter, but It’s Not All Bad," 8 Feb. 2018 In Japan the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, intends everything to be sweetness and light. The Economist, "Fore!Donald Trump’s agenda in Asia is a mystery," 2 Nov. 2017 Maybe the role of unexpectedly black foods is to disrupt the everyday, to remind us that not everything is sweetness and light. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Allure of Black-Colored Food," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sweetness and light

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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