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Soft vs. Gentle

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  • Soft (adjective)

    Easily giving way under pressure.

    "My head sank easily into the soft pillow."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.

    "Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching."

    "soft silk; a soft skin"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Quiet.

    "I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Gentle.

    "There was a soft breeze blowing."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.

    "soft eyes"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Gentle in action or motion; easy.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Weak in character; impressible.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Requiring little or no effort; easy.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not bright or intense.

    "soft lighting"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Having a slight angle from straight.

    "At the intersection with two roads going left, take the soft left."

    "It's important to dance on soft knees to avoid injury."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Voiced; sonant.

  • Soft (adjective)

    voiceless

  • Soft (adjective)

    palatalized

  • Soft (adjective)

    Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.

    "When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Low in dissolved calcium compounds.

    "You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Foolish.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)

  • Soft (adjective)

    Physically or emotionally weak.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.

    "The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Effeminate.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Agreeable to the senses.

    "a soft liniment"

    "soft wines"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.

    "soft colours"

    "the soft outline of the snow-covered hill"

  • Soft (interjection)

    Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.

  • Soft (adverb)

    Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.

  • Soft (noun)

    A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

  • Soft (noun)

    A tyre whose compound is softer than mediums, and harder than supersofts.

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition.

    "Stuart is a gentle man; he would never hurt you."

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Soft and mild rather than hard or severe.

    "I felt something touch my shoulder; it was gentle and a little slimy."

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Docile and easily managed.

    "We had a gentle swim in the lake."

    "a gentle horse"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Gradual rather than steep or sudden.

    "The walks in this area have a gentle incline."

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Polite and respectful rather than rude.

    "He gave me a gentle reminder that we had to hurry up."

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.

  • Gentle (verb)

    to become gentle

  • Gentle (verb)

    to ennoble

  • Gentle (verb)

    to break; to tame; to domesticate

  • Gentle (verb)

    To soothe; to calm; to make gentle.

  • Gentle (noun)

    A person of high birth.

  • Gentle (noun)

    A maggot used as bait by anglers en

  • Gentle (noun)

    A trained falcon, or falcon-gentil.

Wiktionary
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  • Soft (adjective)

    easy to mould, cut, compress, or fold; not hard or firm to the touch

    "the ground was soft beneath their feet"

    "soft margarine"

  • Soft (adjective)

    having a smooth surface or texture; not rough or coarse

    "her hair felt very soft"

    "soft crushed velvet"

  • Soft (adjective)

    having a pleasing quality involving a subtle effect or contrast rather than sharp definition

    "the moon's pale light cast soft shadows"

    "the soft glow of the lamps"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a voice or sound) quiet and gentle

    "they spoke in soft whispers"

  • Soft (adjective)

    not strong or violent

    "a soft breeze rustled the trees"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of the weather) rainy, moist, or thawing.

  • Soft (adjective)

    sympathetic, lenient, or compassionate, especially to a degree perceived as excessive; not strict or sufficiently strict

    "Julia's soft heart was touched by his grief"

    "the government is not becoming soft on crime"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of words or language) not harsh or angry; conciliatory; soothing

    "he was no good with soft words, gentle phrases"

  • Soft (adjective)

    willing to compromise in political matters

    "candidates ranging from far right to soft left"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a person) weak and lacking courage

    "soft southerners"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a job or way of life) requiring little effort.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a drink) not alcoholic.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a drug) not likely to cause addiction.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of radiation) having little penetrating power.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a detergent) biodegradable.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of pornography) suggestive or erotic but not explicit.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a market, currency, or commodity) falling or likely to fall in value

    "now a new factor looms: soft oil prices"

    "the rouble, so soft that it buys nothing worth having"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of water) containing relatively low concentrations of dissolved calcium and magnesium salts and therefore lathering easily with soap

    "you use only half as much soap when you clean with soft water"

  • Soft (adjective)

    foolish; silly

    "he must be going soft in the head"

  • Soft (adjective)

    infatuated with

    "was Brendan soft on her?"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a consonant) pronounced as a fricative (as c in ice).

  • Soft (adverb)

    in a quiet or gentle way

    "I can just speak soft and she'll hear me"

  • Soft (adverb)

    in a weak or foolish way

    "don't talk soft"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character

    "a gentle, sensitive man"

    "her gentle voice"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    moderate in action, effect, or degree; not strong or violent

    "a gentle breeze"

    "take some gentle exercise"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    (of a slope) gradual

    "a gentle embankment"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    (of a person) noble or having the qualities attributed to noble birth; courteous and chivalrous.

  • Gentle (verb)

    make or become gentle

    "Cobb's tone gentled a little"

  • Gentle (verb)

    touch (a person or animal) gently, typically in order to make them calmer or more docile.

  • Gentle (noun)

    a maggot, especially the larva of a blowfly, used as bait.

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Soft (adjective)

    Easily yielding to pressure; easily impressed, molded, or cut; not firm in resisting; impressible; yielding; also, malleable; - opposed to hard; as, a soft bed; a soft peach; soft earth; soft wood or metal.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth; delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring; pleasing to the eye; not exciting by intensity of color or violent contrast; as, soft hues or tints.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible; gentle; kind.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Gentle in action or motion; easy.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Weak in character; impressible.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Somewhat weak in intellect.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Applied to a palatal, a sibilant, or a dental consonant (as g in gem, c in cent, etc.) as distinguished from a guttural mute (as g in go, c in cone, etc.); - opposed to hard.

  • Soft (noun)

    A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

  • Soft (adverb)

    Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.

  • Soft (interjection)

    Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as, a gentle nature, temper, or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.

  • Gentle (adjective)

    A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader.

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.

  • Gentle (adjective)

    Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop .

  • Gentle (noun)

    One well born; a gentleman.

  • Gentle (noun)

    A trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil.

  • Gentle (noun)

    A dipterous larva used as fish bait.

  • Gentle

    To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.

  • Gentle

    To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.

  • Gentle

    To make kind and docile, as a horse.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Soft (adjective)

    lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively

  • Soft (adjective)

    metaphorically soft;

    "my father is a soft touch"

    "soft light"

    "a soft rain"

    "a soft Southern drawl"

    "soft brown eyes"

    "a soft glance"

  • Soft (adjective)

    of sound; relatively low in volume;

    "soft voices"

    "soft music"

  • Soft (adjective)

    easily hurt;

    "soft hands"

    "a baby's delicate skin"

  • Soft (adjective)

    used chiefly as a direction or description in music;

    "the piano passages in the composition"

  • Soft (adjective)

    used of beverages; not containing alcohol;

    "nonalcoholic beverages"

    "soft drinks"

  • Soft (adjective)

    of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')

  • Soft (adjective)

    tolerant or lenient;

    "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"

    "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"

    "too soft on the children"

  • Soft (adjective)

    having little impact;

    "an easy pat on the shoulder"

    "gentle rain"

    "a gentle breeze"

    "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"

  • Soft (adjective)

    not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship;

    "what a cushy job!"

    "a soft job"

  • Soft (adverb)

    in a relaxed manner; or without hardship;

    "just wanted to take it easy"

  • Gentle (verb)

    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of;

    "She managed to mollify the angry customer"

  • Gentle (verb)

    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility

  • Gentle (verb)

    stroke soothingly

  • Gentle (adjective)

    soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe;

    "a gentle reprimand"

    "a vein of gentle irony"

    "poked gentle fun at him"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    having or showing a kindly or tender nature;

    "the gentle touch of her hand"

    "her gentle manner was comforting"

    "a gentle sensitive nature"

    "gentle blue eyes"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    quiet and soothing;

    "a gentle voice"

    "a gentle nocturne"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy;

    "an aristocratic family"

    "aristocratic Bostonians"

    "aristocratic government"

    "a blue family"

    "blue blood"

    "the blue-blooded aristocracy"

    "of gentle blood"

    "patrician landholders of the American South"

    "aristocratic bearing"

    "aristocratic features"

    "patrician tastes"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    easily handled or managed;

    "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    having little impact;

    "an easy pat on the shoulder"

    "gentle rain"

    "a gentle breeze"

    "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"

  • Gentle (adjective)

    marked by moderate steepness;

    "an easy climb"

    "a gentle slope"

Princeton's WordNet

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