sweetness and light
noun Date: 1869 1. a harmonious combination of beauty and enlightenment viewed as a hallmark of culture 2. a. amiable reasonableness of disposition <
they were all sweetness and light
>
b. an untroubled or harmonious state or condition <
but all was not sweetness and light
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sweetness and light — 1. extreme or excessive pleasantness or amiability. 2. decorous charm combined with intelligence. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • all sweetness and light — phrase if a person or situation is all sweetness and light, they are very pleasant, often in a way that seems false One minute she’s incredibly rude to me and the next she’s all sweetness and light. Thesaurus: polite in an unpleasant or insincere …   Useful english dictionary

  • all is sweetness and light — if all is sweetness and light, everyone is being friendly and pleasant with each other, especially when this was not expected. They had a furious argument last night but this morning all was sweetness and light …   New idioms dictionary

  • all sweetness and light — if a person or situation is all sweetness and light, they are very pleasant, often in a way that seems false One minute she s incredibly rude to me and the next she s all sweetness and light …   English dictionary

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