Sof"ten (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Softened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Softening.]

To make soft or more soft.

Specifically: --


To render less hard; -- said of matter


Their arrow's point they soften in the flame. Gay.


To mollify; to make less fierce or intractable


Diffidence conciliates the proud, and softens the severe. Rambler.


To palliate; to represent as less enormous; as, to soften a fault



To compose; to mitigate; to assuage


Music can soften pain to ease. Pope.

(e) To make calm and placid.

All that cheers or softens life. Pope.


To make less harsh, less rude, less offensive, or less violent, or to render of an opposite quality


He bore his great commision in his look, But tempered awe, and softened all he spoke. Dryden.


To make less glaring; to tone down; as, to soften the coloring of a picture



To make tender; to make effeminate; to enervate; as, troops softened by luxury

. <-- weaken -->


To make less harsh or grating, or of a quality the opposite; as, to soften the voice



© Webster 1913.

Sof"ten, v. i.

To become soft or softened, or less rude, harsh, severe, or obdurate.


© Webster 1913.

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