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  • verb cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to
  • verb make calm or still


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  • “This is Utopia,” I said, and then sought once more to tranquillise his mind.

    A Modern Utopia

  • For the present you have only to tranquillise yourself.

    Mansfield Park

  • He was gone as he spoke; and Fanny remained to tranquillise herself as she could.

    Mansfield Park

  • Brandon, the mistress of the grand old mansion and all its surroundings, who was the heroine of the splendid matrimonial compromise which was about to reconcile a feud, and avert a possible lawsuit, and, for one generation, at least, to tranquillise the troubled annals of the Brandons and Wylders.

    Wylder's Hand

  • By a removal for some months from each other we shall tranquillise the sisterly fears of Mrs. Vernon, who, accustomed herself to the enjoyment of riches, considers fortune as necessary everywhere, and whose sensibilities are not of a nature to comprehend ours.

    Lady Susan

  • I fetched a glass from the bathroom and poured him enough to tranquillise an elephant.

    Hot Money

  • Employed with collateral means calculated to shake the nerves and excite the imagination, mesmerism causes the same variety of convulsive and violent seizures which extremes of fanatical frenzy excite; when it is employed in a gentle form and manner, with accessaries that only soothe and tranquillise, the most plain and unpretending form of trance quietly steps upon the scene.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • The exercise of his moral duties -- which, through his freedom of action, lies always within his power, and by which alone he can tranquillise his conscience and fully delight in self-contentment -- is that which offers to his soul true and permanent enjoyment; that alone is worth desiring.

    A Guide for the Religious Instruction of Jewish Youth

  • The chaplain had brought up his prayer-book, in order that he might draw from thence something to fortify and tranquillise the minds of the rest.

    Stories by English Authors: the Sea

  • I cannot tranquillise my mind and venture to act in the way suggested by you. '

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 Books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12


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