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gentle

adjective

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1 not harsh or stern especially in nature or effect
  • use a gentle detergent on that delicate silk blouse
  • her gentle ways

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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

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3 of high birth, rank, or station
  • loved reading about the days when gentle lords and ladies danced at fancy balls

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gentle

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of gentle (Entry 2 of 3)

a man or woman of high birth or social position
  • the archbishop treated both the gentles and the commoners with respect and kindness

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gentle

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of gentle (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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3 to lessen the shock of
  • adding a bit of sugar to the salsa will gentle the hot spiciness of the chili peppers

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The first known use of gentle was in the 13th century

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“Gentle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gentle. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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