Definitions

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

  • n. Gentleness of manner; mildness.

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  • n. Gentleness, tameness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tameness; gentleness; mildness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tameness; habitual mildness or gentleness.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mānsuētūdō, from mānsuētus, past participle of mānsuēscere, to tame : manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + suēscere, to accustom; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Middle French mansuetude or directly from Latin mansuētūdō, from mansuētus, perfect passive participle of mansuēscō ("I tame"), from manus ("hand") + suēscō ("become accustomed"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I am also enjoying sounding out your word of the day ... "mansuetude" which is also slow and gentle like it's meaning ...

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  • It gives a "mansuetude" (new word for me) to the chill of winter.

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  • I am also enjoying sounding out your word of the day..."mansuetude" which is also slow and gentle like it's meaning...

    mansuetude - French Word-A-Day

  • It gives a "mansuetude" new word for me to the chill of winter.

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  • Paul, I vaticinate that the mansuetude of your response will bring out the best of my muliebrity.

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  • It is apodeictic that the caliginosity of the agrestic embrangle periapts with mansuetude.

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  • 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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  • To this religion of such charming mansuetude whenever it has the upper hand, a Protestant engineer named Gerard is converted by puerile arguments which in any other domain than the theological would seem to be the divagations of a lunatic; and the Cure Bonnet proclaims the necessity of passive obedience by the masses to the

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  • Princely and naturall mansuetude then of my merite.

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  • 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

  • See a usage note on hemicrania.

    February 27, 2008

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

    January 28, 2008

  • from the Ring and the Book.

    October 1, 2007