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 And it’s by no means all sweetness and light; a necessary strain of sadness wafts through this tale. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Feb. 2022 This juxtaposition — sweetness and light versus somewhat terrifying inner mettle — is integral to the female experience documented in Yellowjackets. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2022 And on Friday, Netflix is debuting an all-new K-drama series that seems completely devoid of sweetness and light. Andy Meek, BGR, 18 Nov. 2021 Wishing you a weekend filled with sweetness and light. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 5 Nov. 2021 As the Big Shakeout takes place, not all remote-work innovations will be sweetness and light. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 20 June 2021 For rural liberals like me, Joe Biden’s win didn’t usher in a new era of sweetness and light. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021 This is not sweetness and light; there’s plenty of hardball. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 24 Jan. 2020 Then again, was everything sweetness and light with Cousins? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, 18 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sweetness and light

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sweetness and light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetness%20and%20light. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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