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lenitive (plural lenitives)
- An analgesic or other source of relief from pain
1688, David Hume, The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol. I, Part E:
- It is now full time to free him from all these necessities, and to apply cordials and lenitives, after those severities which have already had their full course against him.
1825, Samuel Johnson, The Works of Samuel Johnson in Nine Volumes:
- Upon the whole, as the author seems to share all the common miseries of life, he appears to partake likewise of its lenitives and abatements.
1899, Alexander Pope, The Iliad of Homer:
- Their pain soft arts of pharmacy can ease, Thy breast alone no lenitives appease.
- feminine plural of