Definitions

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  • v. To assuage or mitigate; to soften.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To assuage; to soften; to mitigate; to alleviate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To assuage; soften; mitigate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

Etymologies

Latin lenis soft, mild + -fy: compare French lénifier. See lenition. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These, by their sweetness, allay the sharpness of rheums, and lenify their acrimony.

    A Treatise on Foreign Teas Abstracted From An Ingenious Work, Lately Published, Entitled An Essay On the Nerves

  • As in the sacrifice of jealousy, God would have no oil or frankincense put into it, so, in hell, there is no oil of mercy to lenify the sufferings of the damned, no incense of prayer to appease his wrath.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • (_To the_ 2ND PHYSICIAN) Come, let us begin the cure; and, through the exhilarating sweetness of harmony, let us dulcify, lenify, and pacify the acrimony of his spirits, which, I see, are ready to be inflamed.

    Monsieur De Pourceaugnac

  • - calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet; "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult" lenify, mollify, pacify, placate - cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer" calma; (in fighting, bombardment) → pausa f during a lull in the conversation accalmie f after a lull of several weeks → endormir qn

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  • In hell there is no oil of mercy to lenify the sufferings of the damned, nor incense of prayer to appease God’s wrath.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • "Item, on the 28th, a dose of clarified and edulcorated whey, to soften, lenify, temper, and refresh the blood of

    Le Malade Imaginaire. English

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