from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Soberness; sedateness; modesty.
  • n. Sweetness.


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  • Things were beginning to assume an ugly complexion; Lapoulle was doubling his big fists in a way that looked like business, and Pache, with the pangs of hunger gnawing at his vitals, laid aside his natural douceness and insisted on an explanation.

    The Downfall

  • Being in this sober frame of mind, allow me to wind up this chapter -- the last catastrophe of my eventful life that I mean at present to make public -- with a few serious reflections; as it fears me, that, in much of what I have set down, ill-natured people may see a good deal scarcely consistent with my character for douceness and circumspection; but if many wonderfuls have befallen to my share, it would be well to remember that a man's lot is not of his own making.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith


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