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mild-mannered

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mild-mannered behaving in or having a mild or gentle manner
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Quotations

  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.”

Usage

In literature:

Firmness in measures united with mildness of manner.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
Of mild dispositions, modest manners, and industrious habits, Home is much respected in private life.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
It was a location unexcelled in advantages for the mild-mannered, sunshine-loving Leni-Lenape.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
She was a faded, slender little body, mild and gentle in manner and voice.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Hitherto the detective's manner had been mildness itself, so this change of front was all the more staggering.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
Although she was kind and as mildly affectionate as ever, he had noticed of late a curious reserve in her manner.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Lieutenant Bath, a quiet and mild mannered youth, greatly distinguished himself.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Even mild-mannered men called each other names.
"William Penn" by George Hodges
We were prepared to see a large, fierce-looking dragoon but, instead, beheld a small, mild-mannered man not at all like the ideal.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Her air was stately, and her manner of speech mild and obliging.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
His manners were mild and uncompromisingly plain; and I soon saw that, when once started, he delighted to talk.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The sheriff was a mild-mannered man, whose head was shaped like the end of a watermelon.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Captain Hagar was a mild-mannered man, an excellent seaman, and of good common sense.
"Mrs. Cliff's Yacht" by Frank R. Stockton
Clergymen of mild manners and susceptible hearts went round canvassing their parishioners for signatures to petitions.
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
All men, even the heathen, spoke well of him, for he was a man courteous of speech and mild of manner.
"The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
He had always thought of the doc as being rather mild-mannered.
"The Unprotected Species" by Melvin Sturgis
The mild mannered, gentle little reporter was rising to the emergency.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
Martha's mild and submissive manner won rapidly on Nelly, and she wondered whether Kate had liked her.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
In spite of her beauty, mildness, and distinction of manner, she could not overcome the prestige of Diana.
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
He was a mild elderly man, and to myself had always shown a kind indulgent manner.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354, April 1845" by Various
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In poetry:

'I mark'd the address and the care,
The manner endearing and mild,
Not dreaming those qualities rare
Were to murther the peace of my child:
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
Meek, mild, and gentle, let her be,
For manners, temp'rance, nurtur'd well:
Remark'd — obliging, nurtur'd well:
Three kingdoms wealth she'll then excel.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
Mild, as thy manners, do the colours rise,
As soft and unobtrusive meet the view;
And, when the varied notes the ear surprize,
We own the harmony as strictly true.
"To Miss Rouse Boughton" by Matilda Betham
Be cautious ever, whom thou dost commend,
Be courteous, when thou wou'dst thy manners show,
Be mild, whene'er thou dost reprove thy friend,
Be lib'ral, when thou dost thine alms bestow.
"Advice, How To Govern Our Words, According To God's Will" by Rees Prichard
A maid called Reason did appear,
With graceful air, she did draw near;
Her manner mild, her eyes were clear,
As stars by night--
Her smiles so sweet they did me cheer,
And beauty bright.
"Passion And Reason" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

I've had normally mild mannered types unwind when I talk about the poor.
Mild-mannered orgy of splendidness .
But it's hard to know which team was Dr Henry Jekyll, the mild-mannered scientist, and which was Edward Hyde, his cruel alter ego.
Last week, TriMet's mild-mannered general manager, Neil McFarlane, attempted to grab this region by its collar.
The gentlemanly and seemingly mild-mannered Missouri Democrat is a tae kwon do aficionado who can break three boards with one side kick.
Jef Mallett may make his living drawing two-dimensional characters, but there are more panels to this mild-mannered newspaper cartoonist than what appears in the funny pages.
The mild-mannered former racer is Bugatti's official driver, but a better title would be "pilot".
Dramatic comedy about a mild-mannered hockey enforcer (1:30).
The Chicago Bears were not happy with the hit that ended right guard Lance Louis' season, and even mild-mannered coach Lovie Smith publicly upbraided Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen for it.
Zach West and Darrien Miller are both from Lexington, and by most accounts, are quiet, mild-mannered guys.
NEW YORK — Actress Helen Wagner, who played mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns for more than a half-century, has died at age 91.
She played mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera for more than a half-century.
Mild Mannered Personality, High- Octane Coach.
Sabrina is a mild-mannered 2 ½ year old spayed cat waiting for that right person to love her as much as she will love them.
My mild-mannered friend and former classmate is gone, thanks apparently to gang violence in which he had no involvement.
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