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gentle

Definitions by Oxford


[ˈdʒɛnt(ə)l], (Adjective)

Definitions:
- having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character
(e.g: a gentle, sensitive man)

- moderate in action, effect, or degree; not strong or violent
(e.g: take some gentle exercise)

- (of a person) noble or having the qualities attributed to noble birth; courteous and chivalrous.


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Origin:
Middle English: from Old French gentil ‘high-born, noble’, from Latin gentilis ‘of the same clan’ (see gentile). The original sense was ‘nobly born’, hence ‘courteous, chivalrous’, later ‘mild, moderate in action or disposition’ (mid 16th century)


[ˈdʒɛnt(ə)l], (Verb)

Definitions:
- make or become gentle
(e.g: Cobb's tone gentled a little)


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[ˈdʒɛnt(ə)l], (Noun)

Definitions:
- a maggot, especially the larva of a blowfly, used as bait.


Phrases:

Origin:
late 16th century: probably from an obsolete sense of the adjective, ‘soft, pliant’







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