• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Relenting inclining to yield: too soft
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ralentir, to retard—L. relentescĕrere-, back, lentus, pliant.


In literature:

Mr. Gascoyne relented; and said, he would allow three weeks to the abolitionists, during which their evidence might be heard.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
His heart relents; but his hand is firm.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
No man is more mild to a relenting or vanquished adversary, or more hates to set his foot on a carcase.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Their pleas, prayers, prostrations, to move her to relent.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
The plot demands, observe, that the villain shall not relent.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
He passed his time in devising schemes of vengeance, and when Captain Hardy, relenting, offered him a cabin aft, he sent back such a message of refusal that the steward spent half an hour preparing a paraphrase.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
So (she thought) he had hoped for a moment that at the last Frederick R. Woods had relented toward him.
"The Eagle's Shadow" by James Branch Cabell
Adam's mind rushed back over the past in a flood of relenting and pity.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Then relenting, "They finish better if they're warmed through first," she explained.
"The Claim Jumpers" by Stewart Edward White
If ever you relent and come to see me, I can take you for some lovely walks.
"A Hilltop on the Marne" by Mildred Aldrich
At last, however, the leader of the party relented, sent after the animals, and returned them to us.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
Then the rishi joined her in begging the goddess's pardon, and at last she relented.
"Deccan Nursery Tales" by Charles Augustus Kincaid
Surely Areskoui would relent now!
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He relents, allows Algy and Barbara to have the carriage, and sends them off to Tempest.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
Have I not to-day implored your father to relent and let us marry?
"A Roman Singer" by F. Marion Crawford
Tristram's feelings had been too wounded for any ordinary circumstances to cause him to relent.
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn
Relent in time; he will value your mercy more than your justice, perhaps.
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
Maluafiti relented not, and Sina died in the ocean.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
The others had begun to relent.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
She did not want to relent; and once the letter was in the post-box, the thing would be done.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson

In poetry:

I would but can't repent
Though I endeavor oft;
This stony heart can ne'er relent
Till Jesus make it soft.
"The Good That I Would I Do Not" by John Newton
Forget night, sea, and desert: take
The gift supreme,
And, of life's brief relenting, make
A deathless dream.
"The Gift Of Life" by Edith Nesbit
Yet thinking of each happy hour,
Which I with thee have spent,
So robs my rage of all its power,
That I almost relent.
"Songs Set To Music: 15. Set" by Matthew Prior
O then my life, at last relent! Though cruel the reproach I sent,
My sorrow was unfeigned:
Your passion, had I loved you not, You might have scorned, renounced, forgot,
And I had ne'er complained.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
All nature mourns, the Skies relent in show'rs,
Hush'd are the birds, and clos'd the drooping flow'rs;
If Delia smile, the flow'rs begin to spring,
The skies to brighten, and the birds to sing.
"Spring - The First Pastoral ; or Damon" by Alexander Pope
"Ay! That thou wilt," she said. "But tell me, how doth fare the king?
Doth he relent? Or is his face forbidding--dark and cold?--
Or hath he sent thee hither but some word of me to bring
As he cannot leave the council, and now the day grows old?"
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard

In news:

When the 19-year-old from Midlothian, Scotland finally relented and attacked the mess, he found 12 old lottery tickets.
Paulson Pushed Low-Ball Bid, Relented.
This week, though, Kim relented, allowing Yang to remain while the building is brought up to code.
Bolivian President Evo Morales looks to have won the day in his fight to get FIFA to relent on its ban on World Cup qualifiers taking place at high altitude.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece shouldn't be granted leeway on terms for its bailout, rejecting signals from her foreign minister that creditors may relent on austerity measures.
Sweet old sisters who wouldn't think of committing a beloved nephew to a mental institution but then relent if they can go too.
Koch-funded climate- change skeptic relents.
NBA players might as well relent now.
Korea Vows No Relent With New Kim.
NBA players advised by agents not to relent .
Burris Predicts Senators Will Relent , Let Him Serve.
Liberals Relent on Iraq War Funding.
Heat Wave in Northeast to Relent After Storms.
Egg Producers Relent on Industry Seal.
Arizona sheriff not relenting after immigration ruling.