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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 17th July 2018
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mansuetude (noun) MAN-soo-ay-tyood or MAN-soo-ay-tood

Mildness, meekness, tameness, calm, serenity.

There is purpose yet in what one French paper delightfully called Nick Brown's "mansuetude" in their direction; others have been less complimentary about his bovine calmness.

Unattributed, The Guardian, 12 November 1999. Guardian

Not far from the mansuetude of St. Andrew's lies the bureaucratic bastion of City Hall, a building completed in 1889 that Hernandez describes as ''Danube Gothic'' in timber, largely due to its stylized tower, with wrought-iron crenellations at the very apex.

Tunku Varadarajan, The New York Times, 6 February 2000. New York Times

While Barbara was swimming to meet the dawn, Miltoun was bathing in those waters of mansuetude and truth which roll from wall to wall in the British House of Commons.

John Galsworthy, The Patrician. Amazon

Shedding a few tears in sign of rejoicing at her daughter's mansuetude in this terrible affair, Mrs Verloc's mother gave play to her astuteness in the direction of her furniture, because it was her own; and sometimes she wished it hadn't been.

Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale. Amazon

I love to bring these aborigines back to the mansuetude they showed to the early voyagers, and before (forgive the involuntary pun) they had grown accustomed to man and knew his savage ways.

James Russell Lowell, My Garden Acquaintance.

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