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Wordnet 3.0


1. toned down;

2. being or made softer or less loud or clear;
- Example: "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"
- Example: "muffled drums"
- Example: "the muffled noises of the street"
- Example: "muted trumpets"
[syn: dull, muffled, muted, softened]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Soften \Sof"ten\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Softened; p. pr. & vb. n. Softening.] To make soft or more soft. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) To render less hard; -- said of matter. [1913 Webster] Their arrow's point they soften in the flame. --Gay. [1913 Webster] (b) To mollify; to make less fierce or intractable. [1913 Webster] Diffidence conciliates the proud, and softens the severe. --Rambler. [1913 Webster] (c) To palliate; to represent as less enormous; as, to soften a fault. [1913 Webster] (d) To compose; to mitigate; to assuage. [1913 Webster] Music can soften pain to ease. --Pope. [1913 Webster] (e) To make calm and placid. [1913 Webster] All that cheers or softens life. --Pope. [1913 Webster] (f) To make less harsh, less rude, less offensive, or less violent, or to render of an opposite quality. [1913 Webster] He bore his great commision in his look, But tempered awe, and softened all he spoke. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (g) To make less glaring; to tone down; as, to soften the coloring of a picture. [1913 Webster] (h) To make tender; to make effeminate; to enervate; as, troops softened by luxury. [1913 Webster] (i) To make less harsh or grating, or of a quality the opposite; as, to soften the voice. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

softened adj 1: toned down 2: 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" [syn: dull, muffled, muted, softened]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "softened": abject, apologetic, bated, chastened, complaisant, conditioned, constrained, contrite, controlled, creamy, damped, dampened, dead, deadened, delicate, dull, dulled, easy, eggshell, flat, gentle, gloss, hedged, hedged about, humble, humbled, hushed, in control, in hand, iridescent, leavened, light, limited, low-key, mellow, mellowy, melted, mild, mitigated, modified, modulated, mollified, mother-of-pearl, muffled, muted, nacreous, nonresistive, nonrigid, opalescent, pale, pastel, patinaed, pearly, penitent, penitential, penitentiary, qualified, quelled, quiet, repentant, restrained, restricted, sad, seasoned, semigloss, sheepish, simple, smothered, sober, soft, soft as putty, soft-colored, soft-hued, somber, sordo, stable, stifled, subdued, subtle, sweet, tempered, tender, touched, whisper-soft