What does gentleness mean?

Definitions for gentleness

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gentleness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gradualness, gentleness(noun)

    the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual

  2. gentleness, softness, mildness(noun)

    acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered

    "his fingers have learned gentleness"; "suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby"; "even in the pulpit there are moments when mildness of manner is not enough"


  1. gentleness(Noun)

    The state of being gentle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gentleness(noun)

    the quality or state of being gentle, well-born, mild, benevolent, docile, etc.; gentility; softness of manners, disposition, etc.; mildness


  1. Gentleness

    Gentleness is a value and quality in one's character. Being gentle has a long history in many, but not all cultures. Gentleness plays a very important role in our lives. The quality of gentleness is colloquially understood to be that of kindness, consideration and amiability. Aristotle used it in a technical sense as the virtue that strikes the mean with regard to anger: being too quick to anger is a vice, but so is being detached in a situation where anger is appropriate; justified and properly focused anger is named mildness or gentleness. Another usage of gentleness is in its relation to the Christian virtue of kindness. It is one of the "fruits of the spirit" or defining noble characteristics of a Christian found in Galatians 5:22-23: "v22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, v23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law". A third important usage was common in medieval times, associated with higher social classes: hence the derivation of the terms gentleman, gentlewoman and gentry. The broadening of gentle behavior from a literal sense of the gentry to the metaphorical "like a gentleman" applicable to any person was a later development.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gentleness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gentleness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Irish Proverb:

    True strength lies in gentleness.

  2. Phaedrus:

    Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.

  3. Han Suyin:

    There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.

  4. Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia:

    Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.

  5. Saint Francis de Sales:

    Nothing is so powerful as gentleness nothing is so gentle as true strength.

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