Relent vs Lenient - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between relent and lenient
is that relent
is stay; stop; delay while lenient
is (medicine) a lenitive; an emollient.
As a verb relent
is to become less severe or intense; to become less hard, harsh, or cruel; to soften in temper; to become more mild and tender; to feel compassion.
As an adjective lenient is
lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To become less severe or intense; to become less hard, harsh, or cruel; to soften in temper; to become more mild and tender; to feel compassion.
- He relented of his plan to murder his opponent, and decided just to teach him a lesson instead.
- I did, I suppose, hope that she might finally relent a little and make some conciliatory response or other. (from "The Remains of the Day"? by Kazuo Ishiguro)
To slacken; to abate.
- Can you behold / My sighs and tears, and will not once relent ?
- We waited for the storm to relent before we ventured outside.
(obsolete) To lessen, make less severe or fast.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.iv:
- He will not relent in his effort to reclaim his victory.
(dated) To become less rigid or hard; to soften; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce.
- But nothing might relent her hastie flight; / So deepe the deadly feare of that foule swaine / Was earst impressed in her gentle spright [...].
* Alexander Pope
- [Salt of tartar] placed in a cellar will begin to relent .
- When opening buds salute the welcome day, / And earth, relenting , feels the genial ray.
Lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict.
* 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
- The standard is fairly lenient , so use your discretion.
- But in other points, as well as this, I was growing very lenient to my master; I was forgetting all his faults, for which I had once kept a sharp look-out. It had formerly been my endeavour to study all sides of his character; to take the bad with the good; and from the just weighing of both, to form an equitable judgment. Now I saw no bad.
* lax, permissive
(medicine) A lenitive; an emollient.