mansuetude

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via Middle French mansuetude or directly from Latin mansuētūdō, from mansuētus, perfect passive participle of mansuēscō (I tame), from manus (hand) + suēscō (become accustomed).

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mansuetude (countable and uncountable, plural mansuetudes)

  1. (archaic) Gentleness, tameness.
    • 1647, Henry Hammond, Of Fraternal Admonition Or Correption (page 5)
      That I use all mildness or mansuetude in admonishing; the angry passionate correption being rather apt to provoke, than to amend.
    • 1972, Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain:
      Quo me rapis? Quo indeed. My whole conduct, meekness, mansuetude, voluntary abasement, astonishes me.
    • 2008 October 8, Angry Professor, “A malison on the poor of spirit.”, in A Gentleman's C[1]:
      With mansuetude (compossible with my muliebrity), I condemn those niddering, olid morons who, in caliginosity of understanding, vilipend our English by attempting to exuviate words for which they cannot see any present custom.

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Noun[edit]

mansuetude f (plural mansuetudes)

  1. mansuetude; tameness

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