Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


“Be composed,” he said gentling his tone as one would to soothe a child.

Roosevelt was a firm believer in "gentling" rather than "breaking" horses.

Men new to the range laughed at his method of "gentling" horses.

He went about it much as he would go about gentling a refractory broncho, and with nearly the same results.

The work of gentling the horses went on day after day for a week or more, and Jack never wearied of watching the work.

Instantly Devil stopped and meekly followed Roosevelt to the snubbing-post, where he was tied up for a period of 'gentling.'

It was the way the men had spoken of and to him, a mingling of respect and gentling that showed how much beloved he was.

Afterward he held the mare, gentling her in suppressed excitement while his father went into the house for his rifle.

The helmsman ran the spokes over with no hint of gentling, and the Malahini darted prettily into the wind and about.

Again he felt a sweet security,—a taming, gentling influence through the innermost fiber of his being.