Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or state of relenting; compassion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of relenting; the state of having relented.

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  • noun The act of relenting, softening.

Etymologies

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From relent + -ment.

Examples

  • In 1539, Ferdinand de Soto, Governor of Cuba, leaving that island in charge of his wife, set sail for Florida, where he soon safely disembarked, and sent his ships back, in order to leave no opportunity for relentment in the stern resolves of his followers.

    Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • "Oh, then, let me implore you to listen, and God grant your heart may be touched by my words!" rejoined Ella, eagerly, as she fancied she saw something of relentment in his stern features.

    Ella Barnwell A Historical Romance of Border Life

  • When the trials of her life afflict her and she finds no relentment in the world's disdain, she sees no avenue of retreat.

    Under the Prophet in Utah; the National Menace of a Political Priestcraft

  • She caught his eye, and her faculties, sharpened by the imminent peril, read relentment there.

    Colonel Quaritch, V.C. A Tale of Country Life

  • Some being of the opinion of Thales, that water was the original of all things, thought it most equal103 to submit unto the principle of putrefaction, and conclude in a moist relentment. 104 Others conceived it most natural to end in fire, as due unto the master principle in the composition, according to the doctrine of Heraclitus; and therefore heaped up large piles, more actively to waft them toward that element, whereby they also declined a visible degeneration into worms, and left a lasting parcel of their composition.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Chinamen (cited by Mr Candidate Mulligan) in consequence of defective reunion of the maxillary knobs along the medial line so that (as he said) one ear could hear what the other spoke, the benefits of anesthesia or twilight sleep, the prolongation of labour pains in advanced gravidancy by reason of pressure on the vein, the premature relentment of the amniotic fluid (as exemplified in the actual case) with consequent peril of sepsis to the matrix, artificial insemination by means of syringes, involution of the womb consequent upon the menopause, the problem of the perpetration of the species in the case of females impregnated by delinquent rape, that distressing manner of delivery called by the Brandenburghers STURZGEBURT, the recorded instances of multiseminal, twikindled and monstrous births conceived during the catamenic period or of consanguineous parents — in a word all the cases of human nativity which Aristotle has classified in his masterpiece with chromolithographic illustrations.

    Ulysses

  • Some being of the opinion of Thales, that water was the original of all things, thought it most equal [II. 1] to submit unto the principle of putrefaction, and conclude in a moist relentment. [

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend

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