One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
patience, long-suffering, forbearance, resignationView synonyms
- ‘They began to answer him with mansuetude and reverence, but afterward he smelled a fox under a sheep's clothing.’
- ‘Take it in hand (with mansuetude) and see it fresh, open the old door into a new room.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin mansuetudo, from mansuetus ‘gentle, tame’, from manus ‘hand’ + suetus ‘accustomed’.
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