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Adjective: gentle (gentler,gentlest)  jen-t(u)l
  1. Kind; not harsh, stern or severe
    "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him"; "a gentle reprimand";
    - soft
  2. Having or showing a kindly or tender nature
    "the gentle touch of her hand"; "her gentle manner was comforting"; "a gentle sensitive nature"; "gentle blue eyes"
  3. Quiet and soothing
    "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne"
  4. Easily handled or managed
    "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient";
    - docile
  5. Having little impact
    "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze";
    - easy, soft
  6. Marked by moderate steepness
    "a gentle slope";
    - easy
  7. [archaic] Belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
    "of gentle blood";
    - aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, patrician
Verb: gentle  jen-t(u)l
  1. Cause to be more favourably inclined; gain the good will of
    "She managed to gentle the angry customer";
    - pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gruntle
  2. Stroke soothingly
  3. [archaic] Give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
    - ennoble, entitle

Derived forms: gentling, gentlest, gentles, gentler, gentled

See also: gradual, kind, light, mild, noble, soft, tame, tamed

Type of: advance, calm, calm down, elevate, kick upstairs, lull, pet, promote, quiet, quieten [Brit], raise, still, tranquilize [N. Amer], tranquillise [Brit], tranquillize, upgrade

Encyclopedia: Gentle, James