from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Gentleness of manner; mildness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Tameness; habitual mildness or gentleness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic Tameness; gentleness; mildness.

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  • noun archaic Gentleness, tameness.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mānsuētūdō, from mānsuētus, past participle of mānsuēscere, to tame : manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots + suēscere, to accustom; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

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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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  • from the Ring and the Book.

    October 1, 2007

  • as if your "manner" is falling into "desuetude"

    January 28, 2008

  • See a usage note on hemicrania.

    February 27, 2008

  • From p. 14 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    Their eyelids were always downcast; and, if now and then they were raised, no treacherous glint appeared, nothing but a sedulously cultivated calmness, withdrawal and mansuetude and occasionally an expression of remote and burnt-out melancholy.

    January 21, 2014

  • With filial love the bro is imbued;

    To help his old Ma’s his habitude.

    And though it require

    He greatly perspire

    That noble damp is man sweat, dude.

    December 6, 2014