from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
- noun A lenitive medicine.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Assuaging; palliating.
- noun A medicine or an application that has the quality of easing pain; anything which softens or mitigates.
- noun Anything which tends to allay passion or excitement; a palliative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants.
- noun A mild purgative; a laxative.
- noun That which softens or mitigates; that which tends to allay passion, excitement, or pain; a palliative.
- adjective Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as pain or acrimony; assuasive; emollient.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Analgesic, able to reduce pain or suffering.
- adjective of a person
- noun An
analgesicor other source of relief from pain
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun remedy that eases pain and discomfort
- adjective moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Antony as to Cæsar; the easy Claudius allowed himself to be governed by Agrippina; easy applied to Claudius is only a lenitive, the proper expression is weak.
Wherefore the word X+S+D+, following may be taken adverbially, as a lenitive of that severity which this word importeth: "Let him smite me;" but
Had he at the same time given me a tea-spoon, it would not have been so improper; for the poison might have been made up as a lenitive electuary.
The young victim of the wisdom of Solomon was boarded with the parish minister, in whose kindness he found a lenitive for the scholastic discipline he underwent.
After that, it will be convenient to prepare the body by some Julep or Apozeme, or to give some lenitive medicine to free the first region of the body from excrements.
And in the hospital of the mind, the lenitive and fostering measures have a still larger share in the work of a moral restoration.
It is religion alone which is of universal application, both as a stimulant and a lenitive, throughout the varied heritage which falls to the lot of man.
There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which Nature holds out to us: so I took it kindly at her hands, and fell asleep; and the first word which roused me was Amiens.
` ` The loss of one we tenderly love, as it is one of the most bitter and biting evils which attend human life, so it wants the lenitive which palliates and softens every other calamity; I mean that great reliever, hope.
There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which Nature holds out to us: so I took it kindly at her hands, and fell asleep; and the first word which roused me was Amiens. —