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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of leaven.
  • adj. Prepared using leavening

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. made light by aerating, as with yeast or baking powder. Opposite of unleavened.

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

  • adj. made light by aerating, as with yeast or baking powder; often used as a combining form


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  • The outcome of it all is, the one million communicants and the six millions more or less "leavened" by Christian principle and sentiment.

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  • But in Israel, stores and factories own millions of dollars worth of bread and other so-called "leavened" foods.

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  • The tragic absurdity in his films is usually leavened by humor -- but in this one I tried to fight against my sense of humor, the film is very austere.

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  • But despite these several narrators and their widely differing stories, a kind of tonal monotony lies across the novel, which is devoid of the charming humor that leavened "The History of Love."

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  • Oh, and I almost forgot—all of it is layered and leavened, feathered and filigreed in gruyere cheese.

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  • No renewal angst here, thankfully, and whatever tension there is in the storyline tends to be leavened by outlandish escapism like when Andrew McCarthy's bad-guy Adler leaves our heroes to perish by flooding a dry dock, "super-villain" style, only to be, curses, foiled again.

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  • This woodcutter's progress through a saga full of turns and twists may sometimes try a reader's patience, but Wolf's romantic quest leavened by dark comedy affords a few spectacular views, including his lingering memory of his faithless wife, "burnt on his soul like a shadow on a wall left by an atomic explosion."

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  • Its collections are instant eye candy if the serious and erudite staff will forgive me, with magic in every imaginable material, leavened by irony and wit.

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  • They will likely have a strange mix of sentiments: anger at the horrific economic legacy they inherited from New Labour, leavened with anxiety over the intractable problems of the euro zone.

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  • That was vintage Mandelbrot: an indomitable will, leavened with some humor, pushing into other people's business.

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