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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: French
Origin: gentil, from Latin gentilis 'of a family, of the same family', from gens; GENTILE

gentle

adjective
     
gen‧tle S3 W3
1 kind and careful in the way you behave or do things, so that you do not hurt or damage anyone or anything [≠ rough]:
Arthur was a very gentle, caring person.
gentle voice/smile/touch
'Where does it hurt?' she asked in a gentle voice.
gentle with
Be gentle with the baby.
2 not extreme, strong, or violent
gentle exercise/walk/stroll etc
a program of regular gentle exercise
the gentle pressure of Jill's hand
After a little gentle persuasion, she agreed to go back to her family.
Melt the butter over a gentle heat (=low heat).
3DN a gentle wind or rain is soft and light:
4DN a gentle hill or slope is not steep or sharp:
the gentle slopes of Mt Pelee
gentleness noun [uncountable]
gentlyWORD FOCUS: kind WORD FOCUS: kind
similar words: nice, considerate, thoughtful, sympathetic, benevolent, compassionate, gentle


See also
kind
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