from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To undergo an increase in sonority or become lenis. Said of consonant sounds, as when (p) changes to (b), (b) to (v), or (v) to (w).
  • transitive v. To cause (a consonant sound) to lenite.

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  • v. To cause (a consonant) to undergo lenition.
  • v. To undergo lenition.


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  • "Every cloud lenites the purple capital letters of the pirouetting peaks of the mountains."

    The Dirty Dust by Máirtín Ó Cadhain, translated by Alan Titley, p 169

    June 5, 2016