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English adjective: gentle

1. gentle soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe


SamplesA gentle reprimand.
A vein of gentle irony.
Poked gentle fun at him.


Synonymssoft


Similarmild


Antonymsintense

2. gentle having or showing a kindly or tender nature


SamplesThe gentle touch of her hand.
Her gentle manner was comforting.
A gentle sensitive nature.
Gentle blue eyes.


Similarkind


Antonymsunkind

3. gentle quiet and soothing


SamplesA gentle voice.
A gentle nocturne.


Similarsoft


Antonymsloud

4. gentle belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy


SamplesAn aristocratic family.
Aristocratic Bostonians.
Aristocratic government.
A blue family.
Blue blood.
The blue-blooded aristocracy.
Of gentle blood.
Patrician landholders of the American South.
Aristocratic bearing.
Aristocratic features.
Patrician tastes.


Synonymsaristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, patrician


Similarnoble


Antonymslowborn

5. gentle easily handled or managed


SamplesA gentle old horse, docile and obedient.


Synonymsdocile


Similartame, tamed


Antonymsuntamed, wild

6. gentle having little impact


SamplesAn easy pat on the shoulder.
Gentle rain.
A gentle breeze.
A soft (or light) tapping at the window.


Synonymseasy, soft


Similarlight


Antonymsheavy

7. gentle marked by moderate steepness


SamplesAn easy climb.
A gentle slope.


Synonymseasy


Similargradual


Antonymssteep


English verb: gentle

1. gentle (emotion) cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of


SamplesShe managed to mollify the angry customer.


Synonymsappease, assuage, conciliate, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

2. gentle (social) give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility


Synonymsennoble, entitle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade


Narrower (hyponym)baronetise, baronetize, dub, knight, lord

3. gentle (contact) stroke soothingly


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)pet









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