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A gentle strain of music, scarcely audible, seemed to make reply.

On a rock, amid the roaring water, Lies Cassiopea's gentle daughter.

Uncle Jasper, who had a quiet voice and gentle manners, now stood rigid.

She was like the falling of this starlight, pure, aloof, and strange and gentle.

Attempted fratricide is not a common happening in gentle families.

Their faces fell, and even Mark began a gentle expostulation.

Are none to be gentle and kind, none to be piteous and forgiving?

Then would Flossy be ready with her gentle drops of oil to soothe the ruffles.

To a gentle loose, and the King of Spain for a mark at fourteen score!

But the gentle, pathetic character of Arthur is all Shakespeare's.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "well-born," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble, of good family" (11c., in Modern French "nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty"), from Latin gentilis "of the same family or clan," from gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan," from root of gignere "beget," from PIE root *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "gracious, kind" (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of "mild, tender" is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.

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