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See also: Clement, clément, and Clément




From Old French, from Latin clēmēns.[1]


clement (comparative more clement, superlative most clement)

  1. Lenient or merciful; charitable.
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iv], page 393, column 2:
      I know you are more clement than vilde[sic, meaning vile] men, / Who of their broken Debtors take a third, / A ſixt, a tenth, letting them thriue againe / On their abatement; []
    • a 1891, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, published 1924, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 18, [1]
      Your clement sentence they would account pusillanimous.
  2. Mild (said of weather and similar circumstances).
    • 1984, Edna O'Brien, "The Bachelor" in A Fanatic Heart, New York: Plume, p. 66,
      The weather is clement, though there was a downpour yesterday and I was obliged to take precautions.
    • 1992, A. B. Yehoshua, Mr. Mani, translated by Hillel Halkin, New York: Doubleday, pp. 314-5,
      The earth was still dry and the air was perfectly clement.


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  1. ^ clement in: T. F. Hoad, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Oxford University Press, 2003, →ISBN