Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: Clement, clément, and Clément



From Old French, from Latin clēmēns.[1]


clement (comparative more clement, superlative most clement)

  1. Lenient or merciful; charitable.
  2. Mild (said of weather and similar circumstances).
    • 1984, Edna O'Brien, "The Bachelor" in A Fanatic Heart, New York: Plume, p. 66,
      The weather is clement, though there was a downpour yesterday and I was obliged to take precautions.
    • 1992, A. B. Yehoshua, Mr. Mani, translated by Hillel Halkin, New York: Doubleday, pp. 314-5,
      The earth was still dry and the air was perfectly clement.


Related terms[edit]


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.


  1. ^ clement in: T. F. Hoad, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-19-283098-8 Invalid ISBN