lenify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lenify cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Lenify lĕn"ĭ*fī To assuage; to soften; to mitigate; to alleviate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lenify To assuage; soften; mitigate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Lenify (rare) to assuage
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lenis, soft, mild + -fy,: cf. F. lénifier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. leniens, -entis, pr.p. of lenīre, to soften—lenis, soft.

Usage

In literature:

These first infus'd, to lenify the pain, He tugs with pincers, but he tugs in vain.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
These, by their sweetness, allay the sharpness of rheums, and lenify their acrimony.
"A Treatise on Foreign Teas" by Hugh Smith
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