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."

Definitions of gentle
  1. adjective
    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
  2. adjective
    having little impact
    gentle rain”
    “a gentle breeze”
    synonyms: easy, soft
    light
    of little intensity or power or force
  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    quiet and soothing
    “a gentle voice”
    “a gentle nocturne”
    Synonyms:
    soft
    (of sound) relatively low in volume
  5. adjective
    easily handled or managed
    synonyms: docile
    tame, tamed
    brought from wildness into a domesticated state
  6. verb
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
  7. verb
    stroke soothingly
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    type of:
    pet
    stroke or caress gently
  8. adjective
    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
  9. verb
    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
    synonyms: ennoble, entitle
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    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
  10. adjective
    marked by moderate steepness
    “a gentle slope”
    synonyms: easy
    gradual
    (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt
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