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
- ‘Whether we get a clean outcome to the biennial contest will depend on the more 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.’
- ‘In Wellington the weather was clement and the home side wanted to alter the balance of its game.’
- ‘I don't use it, despite the recently clement weather.’
- ‘In fact, as spring draws on the weather around Highbury seems generally clement.’
- ‘The weather, though, was clement, ‘calm as a mill pond,’ and a welcome relief after the tribulations of the passage to New Zealand.’
- ‘The spring weather turned so clement I was able to take my coat off for half an hour in the drawing-room.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘The mountain trails are fundamental to trading and pattern a working myriad of paths during the more clement months of the year.’
- ‘Hurricanes are the fiercest natural scourge in an otherwise clement area.’
- ‘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 area is known as Sorlandet and it's quieter and more clement than the rest of Norway.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even now, in clement weather, I can take the heart of it outside, and I do, right to the foot of the flowers.’
- ‘Farmers are just one group taking advantage of the clement weather.’
- ‘May, September and October are the best months; in winter, June to August, the West Coast can be more clement.’
- ‘With the weathermen tentatively giving clement weather, it should be an enjoyable day for all.’
- ‘Ireland on St Patrick's Day is not known for its 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
- ‘There is on him no sin, for indeed God is clement.’
- ‘Hundreds of Wharfedale supporters will be heading to Harrogate tomorrow hoping their nearest rivals are in clement mood.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To be clement is to be lenient and compassionate, or, in the case of weather, perfectly heavenly.’
Late Middle English (in clement (sense 2)): from Latin clemens, clement-.
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