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Synonyms for gently

in a gentle manner


with little weight or force

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While, therefore, John ran to the spring for fresh water, and Simeon the second sifted meal for corn-cakes, and Mary ground coffee, Rachel moved gently, and quietly about, making biscuits, cutting up chicken, and diffusing a sort of sunny radiance over the whole proceeding generally.
She gently pressed his hand in token that she understood him, and advanced to Geoffrey.
Anne gently unwound the arms that clung round her--gently lifted the head that lay helpless on her bosom.
She bent her head gently in token that she understood him.
So Alice picked him up very gently, and lifted him across more slowly than she had lifted the Queen, that she mightn't take his breath away: but, before she put him on the table, she thought she might as well dust him a little, he was so covered with ashes.
She just kept the tips of her fingers on the hand-rail, and floated gently down without even touching the stairs with her feet; then she floated on through the hall, and would have gone straight out at the door in the same way, if she hadn't caught hold of the door-post.
There stood by him, on each side, a young page with flaps in their hands, and when they saw he was at leisure, one of them gently struck his mouth, and the other his right ear; at which he startled like one awaked on the sudden, and looking towards me and the company I was in, recollected the occasion of our coming, whereof he had been informed before.
And they did gently deposit on their blankets that poor, wasted body, covered with scars and wounds, still bleeding where fire and steel had, in twenty places, left their agonizing marks.
At the first dawn of day, a current drove it gently toward the west-northwest.
INSPECTOR George Gently fans are set to see a satisfying ending for the characters as the period detective drama ends its decade-long run.
INSPECTOR George Gently fans are set to see a satisfying ending for the series' characters when the police drama bows out after a decade on screen.
Father Brown and Inspector George Gently take you back to Britain in the Fifties and Sixties, and are packed with beautifully observed historical details, as well as intriguing cases and compelling characters.
After 10 years and 23 episodes, it's time for Gently and Bacchus to hang up their truncheons.
INSPECTOR George Gently fans are set to see a satisfying ending for the series' characters when it bows out after a decade on screen, cast and crew have promised.
BIRMINGHAM star Martin Shaw says he has no hard feelings about the end of his long-running alter-ego George Gently.