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gentle

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of gentle

  1. 1 not harsh or stern especially in nature or effect use a gentle detergent on that delicate silk blouse her gentle ways Synonyms of gentle balmy, benign, bland, delicate, light, mellow, mild, nonabrasive, soft, soothing, tender Words Related to gentle calm, pacific, peaceful, placid, quiet, serene, tranquil; clement, compassionate, easy, lenient, merciful; buffering, cushioning, emollient, softening; sleek, slick, smooth Near Antonyms of gentle exquisite, fierce, intense, powerful, severe; forceful, forcible, savage, violent; roughened, rugged, strong; abrading, irritating, roughening; grim, gruff, rude, stiff; heavy-handed, oppressive, pitiless, tyrannical (also tyrannic) Antonyms of gentle abrasive, caustic, coarse, hard, harsh, rough, scathing, stern, ungentle

  2. 2 marked by temperatures that are neither too high nor too low whisk the egg yolks in a double boiler set over a gentle heat Synonyms of gentle balmy, equable, genial, clement, mild, moderate, soft, temperateWords Related to gentle clear, cloudless, fair, rainless, sunny, sunshiny; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, tranquil; delightful, fine, pleasantNear Antonyms of gentle blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, rough, squally, stormy, windy; misty, rainy, showery; bleak, cloudy, dismal, foggy, gloomy, gray (also grey), hazy, overcast, sunless; bitter, dirty, foul, nasty, rawAntonyms of gentle harsh, inclement, intemperate, severe

  3. 3 of high birth, rank, or station loved reading about the days when gentle lords and ladies danced at fancy balls Synonyms of gentle aristocratic, blue-blooded, genteel, noble, grand, great, highborn, highbred, patrician, silk-stocking, upper-class, upper-crust, wellbornWords Related to gentle high, lofty, superior; elevated, ennobled, exalted; gentlemanly, kingly, knightly, ladylike, lordly, princely, queenly, regal, royal; high-level, seniorNear Antonyms of gentle inferior, knavish; bastard, illegitimate; ordinary, plain; abased, degraded; junior, subordinateAntonyms of gentle baseborn, common, humble, ignoble, low, lower-class, lowly, mean, nonaristocratic, plebeian, ungenteel

  4. 4 not loud in pitch or volume the mother spoke in a gentle voice to her child Synonyms of gentle dull, soft, low, quietWords Related to gentle dead, silent, still; calm, dreamy, hushed, peaceful, restful, serene, soothing, stilly, tranquil; muffled, muted, softened, toned (down)Near Antonyms of gentle brazen, crashing, dinning, discordant, noisy, obstreperous, raucous, rip-roaring, vociferous; grating, harsh, shrill, squealing, strident; clarion, clear, trumpetlikeAntonyms of gentle blaring, blasting, booming, clamorous, clangorous, deafening, earsplitting, loud, overloud, piercing, plangent, resounding, ringing, roaring, sonorous, stentorian, thundering, thunderous


gentle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of gentle

  1. a man or woman of high birth or social position the archbishop treated both the gentles and the commoners with respect and kindness Synonyms of gentle aristocrat, blue blood, gentleperson, noble, patricianWords Related to gentle socialite, swell; magnate, magnifico, mogul, nabob; gentlefolk (also gentlefolks)Near Antonyms of gentle canaille, commoner, pleb, plebeian, proletarian, roturier; boor, fellah, peasant, peon


gentle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of gentle

  1. 1 to lessen the anger or agitation of employees soon learned that their hot-tempered boss needed to be gentled several times a day Synonyms of gentle appease, assuage, conciliate, disarm, pacify, mollify, placate, propitiateWords Related to gentle calm, comfort, console, content, hush, quiet, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize); endear (to), ingratiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please; adulate, blarney, flatter, overpraise, soft-soap; quench, sate, satiate, satisfy; cater (to), humor, indulge; blandish, cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle; baby, coddle, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil; dulcify, sweetenNear Antonyms of gentle aggravate, annoy, antagonize, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, cross, exasperate, gall, get, grate, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pique, put out, rankle, rile, roil, ruffle, vex; provoke, rouse; harass, harry, persecute, pester; agitate, discomfort, distress, disturb, fret, perturb, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, offend, slightAntonyms of gentle anger, enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, madden, outrage

  2. 2 to touch or handle in a tender or loving manner soothingly gentled his cat's head as she was being treated by the vet Synonyms of gentle caress, fondle, love, pat, pet, strokeWords Related to gentle bill, canoodle, cuddle, neck, nestle, nose, nuzzle, snuggle, spoon; feel up, paw; cradle, embrace, enfold, hug; bounce, dandle; knead, massage; baby, coddle, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

  3. 3 to lessen the shock of adding a bit of sugar to the salsa will gentle the hot spiciness of the chili peppers Synonyms of gentle buffer, cushion, softenWords Related to gentle baffle, dampen, deaden, dull, obtund; moderate, modulate, temper; allay, alleviate, assuage, ease; lighten, mitigate, relieveNear Antonyms of gentle heighten, intensify, sharpen



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