Definition of Sweetness and light

1. Noun. A mild reasonableness. "When he learned who I was he became all sweetness and light"




Definition of Sweetness and light

1. Noun. (idiomatic often ironic) That which is good, pure, pleasant, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sweetness And Light

sweetite
sweetkin
sweetleaf
sweetleaf family
sweetleafs
sweetling
sweetlings
sweetlips
sweetly
sweetmaker
sweetmakers
sweetmeal
sweetmeat
sweetmeats
sweetness
sweetness and light (current term)
sweetnesses
sweetpea
sweetpeas
sweetroot
sweetroots
sweets
sweetshop
sweetshops
sweetshrub
sweetshrubs
sweetsmelling
sweetsop
sweetsop tree
sweetsops

Literary usage of Sweetness and light

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"sweetness and light, says Mr. Arnold, are the peculiar characteristics of ... sweetness and light, answers one of his clerical censors, are excellent things ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1896)
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God ..."

4. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1874)
"sweetness and light IN THE CITY. QUID there be a more gallant and graceful ... In relation with Sweetness and Light, let the LORD MAYOR be considered to ..."

5. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"sweetness and light, a favorite phrase of Matthew Arnold's, who borrowed it with due credit from Swift, and rang the changes on it so persistently that it ..."

6. English Prose (1137-1890) by John Matthews Manly (1909)
"... they and their standard of perfection are rightly judged when we figure to ourselves Shakspeare or Virgil, — souls in whom sweetness and light, ..."

7. English Prose (1137-1890) by John Matthews Manly (1909)
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God ..."

8. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"sweetness and light, says Mr. Arnold, are the peculiar characteristics of ... sweetness and light, answers one of his clerical censors, are excellent things ..."

9. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1896)
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God ..."

10. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God ..."

11. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1874)
"sweetness and light IN THE CITY. QUID there be a more gallant and graceful ... In relation with Sweetness and Light, let the LORD MAYOR be considered to ..."

12. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"sweetness and light, a favorite phrase of Matthew Arnold's, who borrowed it with due credit from Swift, and rang the changes on it so persistently that it ..."

13. English Prose (1137-1890) by John Matthews Manly (1909)
"... they and their standard of perfection are rightly judged when we figure to ourselves Shakspeare or Virgil, — souls in whom sweetness and light, ..."

14. English Prose (1137-1890) by John Matthews Manly (1909)
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light, works to make reason and the will of God ..."

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