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Definition of Gentle


  1. Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
  2. Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as, a gentle nature, temper, or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.
  3. A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader.
  4. Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
  5. Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop .
  6. One well born; a gentleman.
  7. A trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil.
  8. A dipterous larva used as fish bait.
  9. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
  10. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
  11. To make kind and docile, as a horse.

Gentle Quotations

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Douglas MacArthur

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. - William Hazlitt
A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
William Hazlitt

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Frederick Douglass

Only the gentle are ever really strong.
James Dean

My childhood memories of my grandparents are of a wonderful, complementary couple. While my grandfather had a spirited, humorous personality, my grandmother is gentle and poised.
Kristina McMorris
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Gentle Translations

gentle in Afrikaans is lieflik, soet
gentle in Dutch is liefelijk, zoet, zacht
gentle in French is doux
gentle in Italian is dolce, placido
gentle in Latin is mollis, mansuetus, summissus (from summitto)
gentle in Portuguese is suave, delicado
gentle in Spanish is dulce, placido, suave
gentle in Swedish is sakta, mild, vek, fredlig, stilla
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