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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Gentle

GEN'TLE, adjective [See Genteel.] Well born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble; as the studies of noble and gentle youth; gentle blood.

1. Mild; meek; soft; bland; not rough, harsh or severe; as a gentle nature, temper or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice. 1 Thessalonians 2:7. 1 Thessalonians 2:7.

2. Tame; peaceable; not wild, turbulent or refractory; as a gentle horse or beast.

3. Soothing; pacific.

4. Treating with mildness; not violent.

A gentle hand may lead the elephant with a hair.

GEN'TLE, noun A gentleman.

1. A kind of worm.

GEN'TLE, verb transitive To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar.