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  • n. The quality of being mild; gentleness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being mild

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being mild, in any sense of that word; gentleness of disposition, manner, action, or effect; moderateness of quality or character; placidity; softness; yieldingness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
  • n. mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
  • n. good weather with comfortable temperatures


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  • Mr. Finch is the most sedate young man I have ever seen; -- but his sedateness is temper'd with a _sweetness_ inexpressible; -- a certain mildness in the features; -- _a mildness_ which, in the countenance of that great commander I saw at Brandon Lodge, appears like _mercy_ sent out from the heart to discover the dwelling of _true courage_.

    Barford Abbey

  • _Gloomy_, Sir! casting at him a look of disdain; do you call mildness, complacency, and evenness of temper, _gloomy?

    Barford Abbey

  • Christianity is now mild and rationalistic, ignoring the fact that all its so-called mildness and rationalism is due to the teaching of men who in their own day were persecuted by all orthodox Christians.

    The Necessity of Atheism

  • I do not deny that there may be something in this: I have often wondered whether mildness, which is by no means the same thing as humility, would ever have gained such prestige as a Christian virtue if the hymn-writers had not been at their wits 'end for a rhyme to "child."

    Try Anything Twice

  • He seemed to be about forty-six years of age; his countenance was open, and conveyed the idea of mildness and benevolence.

    Life and Travels of Mungo Park in Central Africa

  • But this kindheartedness, no doubt, is relative in degree, as was often the case with ourselves in the middle ages; a mildness which is not over-sensitive in the face of shedding blood when there is a necessity for it, nor in face of an array of human heads set up in a row over the fine gateway at the entrance to the palace.

    Short Stories and Selections for Use in the Secondary Schools

  • At least it must be left an open question as to whether the impulsive and domineering vigour of the West is preferable to the "mildness" of the East.

    India, Its Life and Thought

  • It was an act of the highest insolence towards government, such as mildness itself cannot overlook or forgive.

    Tea Leaves Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the shipment of Tea to the American Colonies in the year 1773, by the East India Tea Company. (With an introduction, notes, and biographical notices of the Boston Tea Party)

  • Accordingly, the weeping-willow, the weeping-birch, and other trees of early and pendulous shoots, flourish in these favoured recesses in a degree unknown in our eastern districts; and the air is also said to possess that mildness which is favourable to consumptive cases.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • '' This sustained improvement in job advertisements and actual employment has come relatively early in this economic recovery cycle, indicating the 'mildness' of the downturn Australia has experienced over the past 18 months, '' said ANZ Acting Chief Economist Warren Hogan.

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines


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