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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gen·tle a. [Compar. Gentler superl. Gentlest ]
 1. Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
    British society is divided into nobility, gentry, and yeomanry, and families are either noble, gentle, or simple.   --Johnson's Cyc.
    The studies wherein our noble and gentle youth ought to bestow their time.   --Milton.
 2. 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.
 3. A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader. Gentle sirs.”  Gentle Jew.”  Gentle servant.”
 4. Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
 5. Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop . Gentle music.”
    O sleep! it is a gentle thing.   --Coleridge.
 The gentle craft, the art or trade of shoemaking.
 Syn: -- Mild; meek; placid; dovelike; quiet; peaceful; pacific; bland; soft; tame; tractable; docile.
 Usage: Gentle, Tame, Mild, Meek. Gentle describes the natural disposition; tame, that which is subdued by training; mild implies a temper which is, by nature, not easily provoked; meek, a spirit which has been schooled to mildness by discipline or suffering. The lamb is gentle; the domestic fowl is tame; John, the Apostle, was mild; Moses was meek.