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mild

A mild person is humble and meek — the opposite of bold. Mild things are also moderate in some way, like pleasantly mild weather or food that’s not spicy. Mild is the opposite of extreme. There’s nothing wild about mild.

Mild comes from the Old English word milde for "gentle." Indeed, mild people are gentle. They don't brag or do cartwheels in supermarkets. They're mellow and submissive. Things can be mild too. Mild salsa doesn’t have many hot peppers. Mild can also mean slight, or small amount, as in a mild cold that doesn’t keep you home from school. If you skip school because you have a mild headache, you might just get a mild punishment.

Definitions of mild
  1. adjective
    humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
    synonyms: meek, modest
    humble
    marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
  2. adjective
    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
    “a mild winter storm”
    “a mild fever”
    “fortunately the pain was mild
    “a mild rebuke”
    mild criticism”
    Synonyms:
    gentle, soft
    soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
    mild-mannered
    behaving in or having a mild or gentle manner
    moderate, temperate
    not extreme
    moderate
    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
    temperate
    not extreme in behavior
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    Antonyms:
    intense
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
    aggravated
    made more severe or intense especially in law
    bad, big
    very intense
    blood-and-guts
    marked by great zeal or violence
    brutal, unrelenting
    harsh
    cold
    so intense as to be almost uncontrollable
    concentrated
    intensely focused
    consuming, overwhelming
    very intense
    deep
    extreme
    exquisite, keen, searing
    intense or sharp
    extreme, utmost, uttermost
    of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity
    fierce, tearing, trigger-happy, vehement, violent
    marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
    intensified
    made more intense
    intensive
    characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form
    main
    of force; of the greatest possible intensity
    profound
    of the greatest intensity; complete
    raging
    very severe
    screaming
    so extremely intense as to evoke screams
    severe, terrible, wicked
    intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
    smart
    painfully severe
    strong
    not faint or feeble
    terrific
    very great or intense
    deep, thick
    (of darkness) very intense
    unabated
    continuing at full strength or intensity
    violent, wild
    (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud
    immoderate
    beyond reasonable limits
    profound
    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    intemperate
    excessive in behavior
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  3. adjective
    mild and pleasant
    “the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth”
    synonyms: balmy, soft
    clement
    (of weather or climate) physically mild
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