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  • v. Present participle of relent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclining to relent or yield; soft; too easily moved; soft-hearted; weakly complaisant.


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  • God makes a difference in his treatment of people here, on this account: suspends his judgments, and mitigates somewhat of their severity, where he sees this kind of relenting in sinners.

    Sermons on Various Important Subjects

  • Ah, the 'relenting'! it is rather a bad sign, I am afraid; notwithstanding the subtilty of your consolations; but I stroke down my philosophy, to make it shine, like a cat's back in the dark.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Now, "-- relenting --" yo 'jiss wink yo' eye, honey, and don't excite yo'se'f about sach black trash; drap off to sleep comfor'ble.

    Sally Dows

  • Don't see it as a case of "relenting" or bettering the other, though.


  • “If there is any change, call your mother and get her permission first,” he said, relenting.

    Family Storms

  • I tell myself I am only relenting because this will keep them occupied during a boring appointment.

    Eileen Wacker: An "Electronics Police-Mom" Goes Digital

  • On the other hand, the coverage of the “friendly fire” incident in Afghanistan has been, to put it politely, relenting.

    Tom Engelhardt: In the Crosshairs: Tucson-Kabul

  • After calling last week for transition to a new government "now," the administration shifted its message slightly, asking opposition leaders to consider that they might be able to achieve democratic reforms more quickly by relenting in their insistence that Mubarak resign immediately.

    Egypt offers concessions, but protesters stay put

  • His fingers were on my face again, and I felt myself relenting.


  • Like she's putting her foot down on the earth's core and it is relenting.

    Zumba, Meet Depression


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