Lighten upon

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Lighten upon (Pr. Bk.) to alight or descend upon
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lĂ­htan, to dismount, lit. 'make light,' relieve of a burden.

Usage

In literature:

But I was afraid of intruding upon a sorrow that I could not lighten.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
They came upon a wrecked artillery-train just as the world lightened to a pallid gray.
"Morale" by Murray Leinster
Nor is it needful to do more than touch lightly upon a pleasant process in piracy by which Dr Bataille lightens the toils of authorship.
"Devil-Worship in France" by Arthur Edward Waite
He was lightening the weight of the great burden which rested upon his spirit.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
China's heart lightened as she left the cabins and the intolerable red sands upon which they were situated.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
It was the "Doctor" who had lightened the journey down the Chesapeake, by a discourse upon embalming.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The king's countenance lightened; he turned his accusing glance upon the fool.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
But I was afraid of intruding upon a sorrow that I could not lighten.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The cloud lightened a little upon the doctor's face.
"The Doctor's Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
At least, as he raised his head upon my coming, I thought I could perceive his countenance to lighten.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

"So much to do for all our kind,
To widen love, to lighten pain,
To move the heart, to shape the mind,
And stand upon a nobler plane.
"Life's Little Day" by Alexander Anderson
The wind dies down, the distance lightens,
And sunshine spreads upon the grass;
The steaming foliage is translucent
Like figures in stained-window glass.
"When It Clears Up" by Boris Pasternak
The monk his vigil pale
Could lighten with a smile,
The sailor's courage need not fail
Upon his lonely isle;
For there, as here, by sea or land, the pitying Lord stood
close at hand.
"A Lonely Moment" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

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