gently vs gradually what difference

what is difference between gently and gradually

English

Etymology

From Middle English gentilly, gentlych, gentilliche, equivalent to gentle +‎ -ly, with *-lely simplified to -ly by haplology.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛntli/
  • Hyphenation: gen‧tly

Adverb

gently (comparative gentlier or more gently, superlative gentliest or most gently)

  1. In a gentle manner.

Antonyms

  • roughly

Translations



English

Etymology

gradual +‎ -ly

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹædʒuəli/
  • Hyphenation: grad‧u‧al‧ly

Adverb

gradually (comparative more gradually, superlative most gradually)

  1. In a gradual manner; making slow progress; slowly.
  2. (obsolete) by degrees
    • 1682, Nehemiah Grew, Anatomy of Plants
      Horns, upon the due accession of Moisture, doth gradually become Soft.

Synonyms

  • (making slow progress): ponderously, sluggishly; See also Thesaurus:slowly
  • (by degrees): incrementally, step by step, See also Thesaurus:gradually

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