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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LITHENESS

Then with the litheness of a panther he dropped plump on Rabig's shoulders.

His fingers trembled at the litheness of the flesh under her clothes.

Nothing but his marvelous quickness and Indian litheness saved him.

The litheness of his body is apparent even through his armor.

Garda was of medium height, but her litheness made her seem tall.

Julian Grant's litheness had become fragility, almost emaciation.

He was straight as an arrow and moved with the litheness and silence of the real Indian.

O wondrous days of litheness and assurance, when, for a few filberts, on a perilous perch we braved the abyss!

The soft lines of the white flannel skirt and the pink silk sweater disclosed the youth and litheness of the figure.

Few of them were men of high stature; yet there was a litheness in their bodies that showed them to be capable of great activity.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English liðe "soft, mild, gentle, meek," from Proto-Germanic *linthja- (cf. Old Saxon lithi "soft, mild, gentle," Old High German lindi, German lind, Old Norse linr, with characteristic loss of "n" before "th" in English), from PIE root *lent- "flexible" (cf. Latin lentus "flexible, pliant, slow," Sanskrit lithi). In Middle English, used of the weather. Current sense of "easily flexible" is from c.1300. Related: Litheness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LITHENESS

agileness

nounagility
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