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From Latin lenis (soft, mild) + -fy. Compare French lénifier. See lenition.


lenify (third-person singular simple present lenifies, present participle lenifying, simple past and past participle lenified)

  1. (transitive) To assuage or mitigate; to soften.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lenify in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)