gentle

Use the adjective gentle to describe something that is soothing or kind, like a person with a tender nature or the soft sound of light rain.

The word gentle traces back to the Latin word gentlis, meaning “of the same clan,” and at first the world was used to describe people belonging to distinguished families, who were seen as courteous and noble. Nowadays you’re more likely to hear the word used to refer to things that are calm, moderate, and without harshness. The word is often applied to people, but it can be used more broadly to describe anything that is mild, such as "a gentle detergent" or "a gentle reminder."

Primary Meanings of gentle

1.
adjv
soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
2.
adjv
belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
3.
adj
marked by moderate steepness
Full Definitions of gentle
1

adj soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

“a gentle reprimand”
“a vein of gentle irony”
“poked gentle fun at him”
Synonyms:
soft
mild
moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme

adj having little impact

gentle rain”
“a gentle breeze”
Synonyms:
easy, soft
light
of little intensity or power or force

adj having or showing a kindly or tender nature

“the gentle touch of her hand”
“her gentle manner was comforting”
“a gentle sensitive nature”
gentle blue eyes”
Synonyms:
kind
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

adj quiet and soothing

“a gentle voice”
“a gentle nocturne”
Synonyms:
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume

adj easily handled or managed

Synonyms:
docile
tame, tamed
brought from wildness into a domesticated state

v cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

v stroke soothingly

Type of:
pet
stroke or caress gently
2

adj belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

“of gentle blood”
Synonyms:
aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, patrician
noble
of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times

v give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility

Synonyms:
ennoble, entitle
Types:
baronetise, baronetize
confer baronetcy upon
lord
make a lord of someone
dub, knight
raise (someone) to knighthood
Type of:
advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
3

adj marked by moderate steepness

“a gentle slope”
Synonyms:
easy
gradual
(of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

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