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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Language: Old English
Origin: milde

mild

1 adjective
     
mild1 comparative milder, superlative mildest
1

weather

DN fairly warm [≠ cold]:
We had an exceptionally mild winter last year.
a mild climate
2

illness

MI a mild illness or health problem is not serious:
He suffered a mild heart attack.
Sometimes the symptoms can be quite mild.
a mild case of food poisoning
a mild form of diabetes
3

feelings

a mild feeling is not very strong:
Both men looked at her in mild surprise.
a feeling of mild irritation
4

food/taste

not very strong or hot-tasting:
a mild curry
a cheese with a pleasant mild flavour
5

criticism

a mild criticism does not criticize strongly
6

problems/situations

not serious enough to cause much suffering:
The recession in Germany has been comparatively mild.
a mild setback
7

people

a mild person has a gentle character and does not easily get angry:
a mild, well-mannered man
His voice was soft and mild.
8

drugs/chemicals

a mild drug or chemical does not have a very strong effect:
a mild painkiller
a mild herbicide
9

soap etc

soft and gentle to your skin:
a mild shampoo
10

language

mild words or language are not very rude or offensive:
I heard him mutter a mild swear word.
mildness noun [uncountable]
mildly
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