sweetness and light


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

Examples of sweetness and light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is not sweetness and light; there’s plenty of hardball. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "In Impeachment’s Obstruction Dispute, Dissembling by Both Sides," 24 Jan. 2020 Then again, was everything sweetness and light with Cousins? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins looks like a fit with Warriors, but it’s complicated," 18 June 2019 But the community’s location is not all sweetness and light. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Times change: Entrance/exit fee for East Palo Alto?," 5 June 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sweetness and light.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sweetness and light

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sweetness and light

Time Traveler for sweetness and light

Time Traveler

The first known use of sweetness and light was in 1869

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sweetness and light

Cite this Entry

“Sweetness and light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetness%20and%20light. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on sweetness and light

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for sweetness and light

Comments on sweetness and light

What made you want to look up sweetness and light? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!