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Word of the Day – Clement

By November 26, 2023Word of the Day

Clement (adj)

klem-ent

mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate / (of the weather) mild and pleasant.

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English either from Old French or directly from Latin clēment-, stem of clēmēns “gentle, merciful”

Example sentences

“He was in a rather clement mood to go along with the clement weather.”

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