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soft·en

 (sô′fən, sŏf′ən)
v. soft·ened, soft·en·ing, soft·ens
v.tr.
1. To make soft or softer.
2. To undermine or reduce the strength, morale, or resistance of.
3. To make less harsh, strident, or critical: softened the last paragraph of the letter.
v.intr.
To become soft or softer.

soft′en·er n.
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Adj.1.softened - toned down
modulated - changed or adjusted in pitch, tone, or volume
2.softened - being or made softer or less loud or clear; "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets"
soft - (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
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Yes, it was he, pale, thin, with a changed and strangely softened but agitated expression on his face.
There was something, I suppose, in your voice when you asked my pardon for disturbing me, that softened my heart.
Finding himself in camp near his home, he felt a natural longing to see his parents and sister, hoping that in them, as in him, the unnatural animosities of the period had been softened by time and separation.
Tho' my Charms are now considerably softened and somewhat impaired by the Misfortunes I have undergone, I was once beautiful.
But if you will listen to his letter, you may perhaps be a little softened by his manner of expressing himself.
So, so," said the gentleman to himself at this; "our worthy knight has shown of what sort he is; the curds, no doubt, have softened his skull and brought his brains to a head.
After a short absence (during which he could be heard to speak in a softened soothing tone) he returned, bearing in his hand a lamp.
You did then," said Elinor, a little softened, "believe yourself at one time attached to her?
pronounced by Pelisson whilst Fouquet was still alive, the king turned very pale; - his pride disappeared; pity rose from his heart to his lips; he cast a softened look upon the men who knelt sobbing at his feet.
I have only wished to prevent you from hurrying us into wretchedness without any necessity," said Rosamond, the tears coming again from a softened feeling now that her husband had softened.
And then the old memories rushed back again, but softened and subdued, and soothing him as he let himself be carried away by them.
And directly she had said this, her face suddenly softened.