['dʒent(ə)l] or ['dʒɛntl]
(verb.) stroke soothingly.
(adj.) 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' .
(adj.) quiet and soothing; 'a gentle voice'; 'a gentle nocturne' .
(adj.) soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; 'a gentle reprimand'; 'a vein of gentle irony'; 'poked gentle fun at him' .
(superl.) Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
(superl.) 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.
(superl.) A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader.
(superl.) Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
(superl.) Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop .
(n.) One well born; a gentleman.
(n.) A trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil.
(n.) A dipterous larva used as fish bait.
(v. t.) To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
(v. t.) To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
(v. t.) To make kind and docile, as a horse.
a. . Mild, bland, moderate, clement, lenient, merciful, kind, tender, compassionate, indulgent, meek, soft, humane, of a sweet disposition, not rough, not harsh.. Tame, docile, peaceable, quiet, tractable, pacific, dove-like, not wild, not refractory.
SYN:Courteous, polite, highbred, mild, bland, tame, docile, amiable, meek, soft,placid, tender
ANT:Rough, rude, coarse, fierce, savage
adj. well-born: mild and refined in manners: mild in disposition: amiable: soothing: moderate: gradual.—v.t. (Shak.) to make gentle.—n. (obs.) a person of good family: (Shak.) a trained falcon: the larva of the flesh-fly used as a bait in angling.—n. Gentilesse′ the quality of being gentle courtesy.—v.t. Gen′tilise to raise to the class of gentleman.—n. Gentil′ity good birth or extraction: good breeding: politeness of manners: genteel people: marks of gentility.—n.pl. Gen′tlefolk people of good family.—adj. Gen′tle-heart′ed having a gentle or kind disposition.—n. Gen′tlehood position or character attaching to gentle birth.—n. Gen′tleness.—adv. Gent′ly.—n. Gen′trice gentle birth courtesy.—Gentle reader courteous reader an old-fashioned phrase common in the prefaces of books.—The gentle craft a phrase used to specify shoe-making also angling; The gentle (or gentler) sex women in general as opposed to the stern or sterner sex.
- She had been all sweetness and kindness, always thankful, always gentle, even when Mrs. Clapp lost her own temper and pressed for the rent. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- The human watchdogs must be philosophers or lovers of learning which will make them gentle. 柏拉图. 理想国.
- Which of them had a step so quiet, a hand so gentle, but I should have heard or felt her, if she had approached or touched me in a day-sleep? 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- No, indeed, sir,' returned Mrs. Sparsit, with a gentle melancholy upon her. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 艰难时事.
- There was a fine gentle wind, and Mr. Pickwick's hat rolled sportively before it. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 匹克威克外传.
- Her voice faltered and her hand trembled, and it was only the cold question of Ivanhoe, Is it you, gentle maiden? 沃尔特·司各特. 艾凡赫.
- Maria could not keep still and she walked around patting and gentling the horses and making them all more nervous and agitated. 欧内斯特·海明威. 丧钟为谁而鸣.
- Every vestige of the gentler thoughts which had filled her mind hardly a minute since seemed to be swept from it now. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- I am going, she said again, in a gentler voice, to be married to him. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 远大前程.
- It is impossible to be gentler, Herbert. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 远大前程.
- When I wander, her gentler spirit ever restores me, and keeps before my eyes the Christian calling and mission of our race. 哈丽叶特·比切·斯托. 汤姆叔叔的小屋.
- Nothing in her cherished affection in me, made me better, gentler; she only stirred my brain and whetted my acuteness. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- It lay there, warming into life a crowd of gentler thoughts; and she rested. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 艰难时事.
- He greeted me cordially; and told me I should certainly be happy under Doctor Strong, who was one of the gentlest of men. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- The storm cannot bend the oak, but the gentlest breeze will make its branches quiver. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- The gentlest summer breezes and the fiercest blasts of winter are produced by the unequal heating of air. 伯莎M.克拉克. 科学通论.
- Charley seasoned his admiration with criticism of the gentlest kind, for the touch of Eustacia's hand yet remained with him. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- The gentlest women are not such fools as to show EVERY card. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- Now Aunt March possessed in perfection the art of rousing the spirit of opposition in the gentlest people, and enjoyed doing it. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.