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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 balmy, benign, bland, delicate, light, mellow, mild, nonabrasive, soft, soothing, tender Related Words calm, pacific, peaceful, placid, quiet, serene, tranquil; clement, compassionate, easy, lenient, merciful; buffering, cushioning, emollient, softening; sleek, slick, smooth Near Antonyms 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 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 balmy, equable, genial, clement, mild, moderate, soft, temperateRelated Words clear, cloudless, fair, rainless, sunny, sunshiny; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, tranquil; delightful, fine, pleasantNear Antonyms 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 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 aristocratic, blue-blooded, genteel, noble, grand, great, highborn, highbred, patrician, silk-stocking, upper-class, upper-crust, wellbornRelated Words high, lofty, superior; elevated, ennobled, exalted; gentlemanly, kingly, knightly, ladylike, lordly, princely, queenly, regal, royal; high-level, seniorNear Antonyms inferior, knavish; bastard, illegitimate; ordinary, plain; abased, degraded; junior, subordinateAntonyms 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 dull, soft, low, quietRelated Words dead, silent, still; calm, dreamy, hushed, peaceful, restful, serene, soothing, stilly, tranquil; muffled, muted, softened, toned (down)Near Antonyms brazen, crashing, dinning, discordant, noisy, obstreperous, raucous, rip-roaring, vociferous; grating, harsh, shrill, squealing, strident; clarion, clear, trumpetlikeAntonyms 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 aristocrat, blue blood, gentleperson, noble, patricianRelated Words socialite, swell; magnate, magnifico, mogul, nabob; gentlefolk (also gentlefolks)Near Antonyms 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 appease, assuage, conciliate, disarm, pacify, mollify, placate, propitiateRelated Words 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 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 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 caress, fondle, love, pat, pet, strokeRelated Words 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 buffer, cushion, softenRelated Words baffle, dampen, deaden, dull, obtund; moderate, modulate, temper; allay, alleviate, assuage, ease; lighten, mitigate, relieveNear Antonyms heighten, intensify, sharpen


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