(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Nouns — leniency, lenience, lenity, moderation, tolerance, toleration, mildness, gentleness, favor; indulgence, clemency, mercy, forbearance, quarter, patience; compassion, ruth, pity. See liberality, relief.
Verbs — tolerate, bear with, give quarter; spare, spare the rod [and spoil the child], pity; indulge, put up with, bear with, baby, pamper, coddle, spoil. Slang, pull one's punches; let one down easy.
Adjectives — lenient, mild, gentle, soft, tolerant, indulgent; moderate, easygoing; clement, compassionate, forbearing, merciful.
Phrases — live and let live.
Quotations — Patience and delay achieve more than force and rage (La Fontaine), Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike (Longfellow).
Antonyms, see severity.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. forbearance, tolerance, charity; see kindness 1 , mercy 1 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others: charity, clemency, grace, lenience, lenity, mercifulness, mercy. See FORGIVENESS. 2. Forbearing or lenient treatment: charitableness, charity, forbearance, indulgence, lenience, lenity, tolerance, toleration. See ACCEPT.

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