2. [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.
To make soft or more soft. Specifically:
(a) To render less hard; -- said of matter.
Their arrow's point they soften in the flame.
(b) To mollify; to make less fierce or intractable.
Diffidence conciliates the proud, and softens the
(c) To palliate; to represent as less enormous; as, to soften
(d) To compose; to mitigate; to assuage.
Music can soften pain to ease. --Pope.
(e) To make calm and placid.
All that cheers or softens life. --Pope.
(f) To make less harsh, less rude, less offensive, or less
violent, or to render of an opposite quality.
He bore his great commision in his look,
But tempered awe, and softened all he spoke.
(g) To make less glaring; to tone down; as, to soften the
coloring of a picture.
(h) To make tender; to make effeminate; to enervate; as,
troops softened by luxury.
(i) To make less harsh or grating, or of a quality the
opposite; as, to soften the voice.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
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,