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lenity

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛnɪti
 
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Definition of lenity in English:

noun

[mass noun] literary
The quality of being kind or gentle: a smile crossed her face, but this unexpected lenity was short-lived

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French lenite, or from Latin lenitas, from lenis 'gentle'.

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