Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb gentle

3 senses of gentle

Sense 1
pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntle -- (cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer")
       => calm, calm down, quiet, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise, quieten, lull, still -- (make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear")

Sense 2
ennoble, gentle, entitle -- (give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility)
       => promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevate -- (give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work")

Sense 3
gentle -- (stroke soothingly)
       => pet -- (stroke or caress gently; "pet the lamb")

Antonyms of adj gentle

7 senses of gentle

Sense 1
gentle, soft -- (soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him")

INDIRECT (VIA mild) -> intense -- (possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense")

Sense 2
gentle -- (having or showing a kindly or tender nature; "the gentle touch of her hand"; "her gentle manner was comforting"; "a gentle sensitive nature"; "gentle blue eyes")

INDIRECT (VIA kind) -> unkind -- (lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all")

Sense 3
gentle -- (quiet and soothing; "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne")

INDIRECT (VIA soft) -> loud -- (characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity; "a group of loud children"; "loud thunder"; "her voice was too loud"; "loud trombones")

Sense 4
aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patrician -- (belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes")

INDIRECT (VIA noble) -> lowborn -- (of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor")

Sense 5
docile, gentle -- (easily handled or managed; "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient")

INDIRECT (VIA tame) -> wild, untamed -- (in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated; "wild geese"; "edible wild plants")

Sense 6
easy, gentle, soft -- (having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window")

INDIRECT (VIA light) -> heavy -- (of great intensity or power or force; "a heavy blow"; "the fighting was heavy"; "heavy seas")

Sense 7
easy, gentle -- (marked by moderate steepness; "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope")

INDIRECT (VIA gradual) -> steep -- (having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs")

Similarity of adj gentle

7 senses of gentle

Sense 1
gentle, soft -- (soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him")
       => mild (vs. intense) -- (moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme; "a mild winter storm"; "a mild fever"; "fortunately the pain was mild"; "a mild rebuke"; "mild criticism")

Sense 2
gentle -- (having or showing a kindly or tender nature; "the gentle touch of her hand"; "her gentle manner was comforting"; "a gentle sensitive nature"; "gentle blue eyes")
       => kind (vs. unkind) -- (having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter")

Sense 3
gentle -- (quiet and soothing; "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne")
       => soft (vs. loud) -- ((of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music")

Sense 4
aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patrician -- (belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes")
       => noble (vs. lowborn) -- (of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of noble birth")

Sense 5
docile, gentle -- (easily handled or managed; "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient")
       => tame (vs. wild), tamed -- (brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries")

Sense 6
easy, gentle, soft -- (having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window")
       => light (vs. heavy) -- (of little intensity or power or force; "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze")

Sense 7
easy, gentle -- (marked by moderate steepness; "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope")
       => gradual (vs. steep) -- ((of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt; "a gradual slope")

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