Definition of mildness in English:

mildness

noun

mass noun
  • 1Lack of intensity.

    ‘the tomatoes were sweet, compensating for the mildness of the cheese’
    • ‘This ideal formulation has several beneficial qualities, including low irritation, mildness, safety, skin moisturization, and easy and fast application.’
    • ‘Mildness also characterizes red and black versions, and indeed most Chinese vinegars whether based on rice or millet or any of a score of other kinds of plant material.’
    • ‘Their mildness and delicious flavor should make them perfect to administer to young children suffering from these conditions.’
    • ‘The freeze-thawing method is an attractive alternative due to the relative mildness of the procedure as well as the large encapsulation volume of the resultant vesicles.’
    • ‘The mildness of the roast beef works well with the salty cheese.’
    • ‘Children, particularly babies, commonly appeared in American soap advertisements because manufacturers saw this as an effective means of emphasizing their product's mildness and suitability to delicate tasks.’
    • ‘The addition of moisturizing agents (eg, lipids, occlusive agents, and humectants) to the cleanser enhances mildness.’
    • ‘This mildness makes their entrance acceptable in places where the grown-up version is considered too rowdy.’
    • ‘Therefore the mildness of traditional Chinese medicines could make them ideal for such treatments.’
    • ‘I say that if you don't mind violence, then you can probably compromise on the mildness of the other stuff.’
    • ‘The participants are then invited to comment on the quality of the coffees: mildness, acidity, balance, flavour and length in the mouth.’
    • ‘What's remarkable is not the severity of the remedy but its mildness.’
    • ‘Sweetness in onions is more accurately termed lack of pungency, or mildness.’
    • ‘The mildness of the profanity by today's standards did not detract from its risqué quality at the time.’
    • ‘The smooth Asian flavors complemented the mildness of the fish, while the rice flakes gave the dish an exotic confectioner's crunch.’
    gentleness, tenderness, softness, soft-heartedness, sensitivity, warmth, warmness, compassion, meekness, modesty, docility, calmness, tranquillity, placidity, serenity, peaceableness, amiability, affability, geniality, mellowness
    warmth, balminess, equability, temperateness, gentleness, softness, moderation
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  • 2Lack of severity.

    ‘the mildness of her disease’
    • ‘The mildness with which terrorist detainees have been treated stands as an imperishable monument to the greatness of the American spirit and the moderation of the administration.’
    • ‘Clinicians tried to reduce anxiety by emphasising the mildness, early stage, or non-seriousness of the disorder and the likelihood that patients would recover.’
    • ‘What is really striking about this controversy is the mildness of the attack to which he refers.’
    • ‘Reasons include denial, the seeming mildness of symptoms, and the fear of embarrassment or loss of control.’
    • ‘Doctors' emphasis on the mildness or earliness of the condition raised the spectre of future pain and disability rather than providing reassurance.’
    • ‘The apparent mildness of the recession is the best argument against deflation.’
    • ‘This is especially evident in the US, with the comparative mildness of the recent "slump" attesting to this effect.’
    • ‘Indeed, the relative mildness of the falls to date may have lulled investors into thinking a recovery was just around the corner.’
    • ‘She visited North Africa in 1860 and commented on the "relative mildness" of the slavery practiced there.’
    • ‘This mildness was decidedly a feature of the year.’
    • ‘The main difference between SARS and most other flu bugs seems to be the relative mildness of SARS.’
    • ‘He ascribes this to the mildness of the sanctions for non-payment, which in the case of lesser sums is no more than a small fine.’
    1. 2.1 Relative warmth of weather.
      • ‘Overnight cold and mellow mildness by day seems to be the order of the day.’
      • ‘"I'm sure this had a lot to do with the mildness of this time of year and the feeling of summer in the air," a garda spokesperson said.’
      • ‘September's mildness gave way to the nip of October, causing fires to be lit throughout the great house, and still no word came from Mr Darcy.’
      • ‘Wisconsin is carpeted thick and green following such mildness and moisture.’
      • ‘It's an ancient, crippled man, well covered up with blankets and shawls, his head muffled in a scarf, despite the mildness of the weather.’
      • ‘The grey sky belies the mildness of the day.’
      • ‘The mildness of autumn drifted on to the beginning of July, and a delay of similar duration.’
  • 3A person's lack of aggressiveness.

    ‘the mildness of his manner and his desire to please everyone’
    • ‘"I think she's finally getting mad about the whole thing," Joanna said with maddening mildness to Grace.’
    • ‘I must say I was astonished at the mildness with which they spoke of those at whose hands they were enduring these abominable persecutions.’
    • ‘The real reason was Saul's too great mildness, a drawback in a ruler.’
    • ‘She really had a maiden beauty, mildness and timidity.’
    • ‘No doubt the climate of the time favors compassion, mildness, and understanding.’
    • ‘Make no mistake, it takes more courage to refrain and return with mildness than to strike back.’
    • ‘Let us figure his mildness and equanimity in the midst of their impatience, and perhaps their scurrility.’
    • ‘The safe approach is too stick to mildness for successful matches.’
    • ‘He even acknowledges that it is useful, and sometimes necessary, to break it, so that it be done with mildness, with modesty, and with circumspection.’
    • ‘The two nod, still with that same mildness.’
    • ‘Jane, in all her mildness put up with the sometimes tedious affair without a single complaint.’
    • ‘Foolish strangers may mistake your mildness for weakness - they will be surprised.’
    • ‘In exercising the functions of his high station, Gregory exhibited great mildness and forbearance.’
    • ‘The teacher greeted me with that mildness with which every teacher greets his future pupil in the presence of parents.’
    • ‘Franklin attributed his success in public life to his mildness.’
    • ‘Mr. Woodhouse is the mildest of men, yet being a member of the Austen world, he is precise in his mildness.’
    • ‘Anna, despite her appearance of mildness and calm, was really rather nervous and shy in large groups of people.’
    • ‘Elizabeth continued with deceptive mildness.’
    • ‘How could I become cruel or vicious, when I had before my eyes only examples of mildness, and was surrounded by some of the best people in the world?’

Pronunciation

mildness

/ˈmʌɪldnəs/