lenity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lenity mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lenity The state or quality of being lenient; mildness of temper or disposition; gentleness of treatment; softness; tenderness; clemency; -- opposed to severity and rigor. "His exceeding lenity disposes us to be somewhat too severe."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lenity Mildness of temper; softness; tenderness; mercy.
    • n lenity See leniency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lenity mildness: clemency
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lenitas, fr. lenis, soft, mild: cf. OF. lenité,. See Lenient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. leniens, -entis, pr.p. of lenīre, to soften—lenis, soft.

Usage

In literature:

Mercy and lenity had no effect on those with whom he now contended.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The reform was doubtless conceived in mercy and a true spirit of sociological lenity toward the offender.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
If we cannot reduce this wished for reformation to practice, let us treat the unhappy victims with lenity.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
Has our lenity inspired them with moderation?
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
We therefore risk our lives from a misplaced lenity towards a wretch unworthy to live.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Her capital soon afterward surrendered, and was treated with unexpected lenity.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IV (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland II" by Various
An imprudent lenity in his father, and a vicious indulgence.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
With unaccustomed lenity it punished a first conviction with the pillory only.
"The Superstitions of Witchcraft" by Howard Williams
Lenity confounds offender and offense in a wholesale and promiscuous amnesty.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
My grandfather could not expect to be treated with more lenity than his companions.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
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In poetry:

I'll constantly adore,
And praise him evermore,
For his great lenity,
And goodness shewn to me.
"Thanks For Our Election, And Several Spiritual Gifts" by Rees Prichard
I've therefore often wonder'd, how
Thou so much lenity didst show,
And how her jaws th' earth did not ope,
To swallow me, like Dathan, up.
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard