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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.softening - the process of becoming softer; "refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit"; "he observed the softening of iron by heat"
maceration - softening due to soaking or steeping
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
Adj.1.softening - having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
soft - yielding readily to pressure or weight
Translations

softening

[ˈsɒfnɪŋ] N [of ground, metal, leather] → reblandecimiento m (Fin) [of economy, market] → debilitamiento m
softening of the brainreblandecimiento m cerebral
there has been a softening of his attitude/positionha suavizado or moderado su actitud/posición

softening

n
(lit)Weichmachen nt; softening of the brain (Med) → Gehirnerweichung f
(fig, of person) → Erweichen nt; (of anger, resistance)Nachlassen nt; there has been a softening of his attitudeer ist nachgiebiger geworden

softening

n. reblandecimiento, ablandamiento; suavidad.

softening

adj (lotion, etc.) suavizante
References in classic literature ?
But do say that you forgive me, Nathalie," he entreated, softening.
Is there no reward, no means of palliating the injury, and of softening your heart?
Mother and daughter stood together in the same circle of seclusion from human society; and in the nature of the child seemed to be perpetuated those unquiet elements that had distracted Hester Prynne before Pearl's birth, but had since begun to be soothed away by the softening influences of maternity.
Augustine, you know I didn't think of it in that light," said Miss Ophelia, evidently softening.
It was a Sunday afternoon, and beautiful weather, and my uncle, the priest, took me as a reward for being a good boy and because of my own accord and without anybody asking me I had bankrupted my savings-box and given the money to a mission that was civilizing the Chinese and sweetening their lives and softening their hearts with the gentle teachings of our religion, and I wish you could have seen what we saw that day, Thorndike.
Titian's Venus defiles and disgraces the Tribune, there is no softening that fact, but his "Moses" glorifies it.
The boy had, with the additional softening claim of a lingering illness of his mother's, been the means of a sort of reconciliation; and Mr.
Bitter and truculent when excited, I spoke as I felt, without reserve or softening.
Surely, these are softening influences which must affect any man?
It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
Not a latent echo in the house, not a squeak and scuffle from the mice behind the panelling, not a drip from the half-thawed water-spout in the dull yard behind, not a sigh among the leafless boughs of one despondent poplar, not the idle swinging of an empty store-house door, no, not a clicking in the fire, but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with a softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.
All the rest of that day, and from morning to night afterwards, she sat at that desk, scratching composedly with a hard pen, speaking in the same imperturbable whisper to everybody; never relaxing a muscle of her face, or softening a tone of her voice, or appearing with an atom of her dress astray.