One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of weather) mild.‘it is a very clement day’
mild, gentle, temperate, summery, calm, tranquil, fine, pleasant, benign, soothing, softView synonyms
- ‘The weather, though, was clement, ‘calm as a mill pond,’ and a welcome relief after the tribulations of the passage to New Zealand.’
- ‘Ireland on St Patrick's Day is not known for its clement weather.’
- ‘After all, not only does he have a silly nickname (the Gardener) but he also insists on wearing a white polo-neck top under his jersey, even in clement weather.’
- ‘The mountain trails are fundamental to trading and pattern a working myriad of paths during the more clement months of the year.’
- ‘With the weathermen tentatively giving clement weather, it should be an enjoyable day for all.’
- ‘The area is known as Sorlandet and it's quieter and more clement than the rest of Norway.’
- ‘The late summer weather was so clement that the women of Le Palais even took to walking the streets in their lingerie.’
- ‘Ski mountaineering or touring is a popular Alpine pursuit in spring, when the weather is clement and the crevasses are mapped.’
- ‘And, yes, some prefer the street to the disease, the occasional violence and the lack of privacy of shelters (at least in clement weather).’
- ‘The clement weather of late has of course helped, but the signs were there of a huge improvement long before mother nature decided to give a hand.’
- ‘I don't use it, despite the recently clement weather.’
- ‘When we get into July they'll be coming from Dorset and Devon and with a bit of clement weather, the Scottish crop will arrive towards the end of August.’
- ‘The spring weather turned so clement I was able to take my coat off for half an hour in the drawing-room.’
- ‘Hurricanes are the fiercest natural scourge in an otherwise clement area.’
- ‘Farmers are just one group taking advantage of the clement weather.’
- ‘In Wellington the weather was clement and the home side wanted to alter the balance of its game.’
- ‘May, September and October are the best months; in winter, June to August, the West Coast can be more clement.’
- ‘Even now, in clement weather, I can take the heart of it outside, and I do, right to the foot of the flowers.’
- ‘In fact, as spring draws on the weather around Highbury seems generally clement.’
- ‘Whether we get a clean outcome to the biennial contest will depend on the more clement weather.’
2(of a person or their actions) merciful.
merciful, sparing, forgiving, forbearing, tolerant, moderate, charitable, humane, indulgent, easy-going, magnanimous, sympathetic, compassionate, pitying, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, benevolent, gentleView synonyms
- ‘To be clement is to be lenient and compassionate, or, in the case of weather, perfectly heavenly.’
- ‘Hundreds of Wharfedale supporters will be heading to Harrogate tomorrow hoping their nearest rivals are in clement mood.’
- ‘There is on him no sin, for indeed God is clement.’
- ‘Not wanting to push her luck by asking why Angela was being so clement, she thanked her mother sweetly and left to her room to finish her homework.’
Late Middle English (in clement (sense 2)): from Latin clemens, clement-.
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