Synonym of softening

Alternative for softening

softens, softened, softening

Antonym: harden,

Noun

Process to make softer

Noun

The action or process of appeasing
appeasement conciliation pacification accommodation concession placation propitiation soothing acceding allaying blunting easing mollification palliation quieting reconciliation relieving satisfaction acquiescence calming compromise dovishness lessening lulling mitigation peacemaking peace-mongering quelling quenching solace abatement alleviation assuagement peace offering sweetening tranquillization accession adjustment amends grant moderation reparation restoration settlement tranquilization reduction decrease tempering deadening diminution relief qualification weakening cushioning remission dulling modification extenuation diminishing slackening lightening attenuation restriction allowance proviso provision rider hedge slowing cutback curtailment easement lowering slaking vindication cure justification improvement absorption soaking up relaxation modulation decline subsidence contraction ebb waning easing off damping condition tailing off stilling caveat limitation let-up reservation contingency exception exemption if dwindling ebbing release letup minimization shrinkage dying down petering out loosening dilution comfort ease minimizing palliative salving remedy minimising letting up erosion respite excuse lull de-escalation slowing down discount subtraction deduction detraction suspension abeyance explanation apology amelioration delay break pause interruption retardation taking away an excuse subsiding fading sinking dying away loss dent wane fade fall diminishment falloff decrement cessation depletion drop-off drop declining step down depression desisting dropping away dying out dropping off relenting cooling off saving cut tapering off

Noun

A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing

Adjective

Causing a loss of force, vitality, or enthusiasm

Adjective

Serving to alleviate a person's feelings of grief or distress
comforting consoling cheering consolatory encouraging reassuring heartening soothing assuaging calming commiserative compassionate condoling gentle protective relieving solicitous sympathetic tender understanding warm caring easing fulfilling gladdening gratifying heartwarming helpful loving rewarding satisfying supportive uplifting heart-warming inspiriting abating allaying alleviating analeptic bolstering curing freeing health-giving envigorating invigorating kind kindly lightening mitigating refreshing remedying restoring revitalising revitalizing revivifying solacing succouring succoring sustaining upholding warming relaxing restful peaceful quiet calm tranquillizing dreamy narcotic lulling tranquilizing sedative tranquil pacifying quieting reposeful placid soporific mollifying calmative somnolent opiate hypnotic palliative somniferous quietening numbing sleep-inducing drowsy slumberous analgesic somnific sleepy anodyne deadening painkilling anaesthetic anesthetic slumbrous mesmerizing pain-relieving appeasing pleasing ataractic mesmerising lenitive stupefacient stupefactive nurturing inspiring sensitive empathetic concerned benevolent dozy snoozy dull somnifacient boosting stimulating affectionate responsive nodding balmy settling romantic stupefying dulling boring monotonous Lethean stuporific depressant deadly dull soporiferous somnorific neuroleptic heavy ataraxic mesmeric beneficent giving thoughtful spellbinding attentive empathic maternal indulgent philanthropical gracious philanthropic considerate generous paternal affirmative entrancing enthusiastic cheerful feeling charitable altruistic fascinating compelling appreciative positive approving sleep-producing bewitching irresistible welcome magnetic captivating trance-inducing soporose enthralling absorbing

Verb

Present participle for to make or become physically soft or softer

Verb

Present participle for to make or become less harsh or severe
moderating mitigating diminishing tempering easing mollifying relieving dulling deadening palliating decreasing lessening abating cushioning lightening blunting relaxing quelling reducing lowering gentling muffling qualifying lenifying subduing buffering toning down taking the edge off allaying soothing assuaging alleviating calming quieting weakening quietening dampening stilling appeasing stifling pacifying muting placating suppressing cooling attenuating diluting smothering sweetening restraining lulling silencing mellowing helping checking tranquilizing damping modifying settling curbing hushing composing modulating slackening ameliorating extenuating comforting muzzling squelching soft-pedalling soft-pedaling masking minimizing damping down calming down controlling cutting minimising smoothing repressing regulating turning down absorbing loosening conciliating gagging propitiating shushing taking the sting out numbing curtailing piping down salving impairing depressing extinguishing playing down taking the bite out pouring oil on decreasing the volume thinning remitting watering down releasing loosing containing depleting depreciating consoling de-escalating taming satisfying eroding dulcifying discounting killing resolving reconciling dwindling drowning healing dimming curing adjusting anaesthetizing easing up cooling out winding down breaking solacing anesthetizing putting the lid on shutting up quietening down keeping it down quieting down bolstering letting up on darkening buttressing chilling out sobering limiting sapping slaking restricting dispelling degrading blanketing undermining obtunding quenching benumbing slacking contenting mincing disarming padding ebbing dumbing commuting downsizing constraining squaring crushing improving becalming lullabying crippling making less untightening cheering slashing dropping holding back putting damper on putting a damper on winning over making nice assisting aiding fixing up making peace with easing off disburdening upraising freeing unburdening facilitating settling down putting down making less intense patching things up cutting down holding in softening up drowning out putting an end to keeping in check taking a load off balming letting up taking the sting out of sparing pillowing euphemizing clouding shading deepening revising addressing paralysing shortening soaking up gruntling tapering taking sting out paralyzing insulating secluding guarding subsiding decrementing contracting waning shrinking surfeiting filling excusing fixing honeying sugaring dulcorating getting rid of narrowing admixing protecting against putting a stop to transmogrifying revamping switching untroubling cooling off allying mildening smoothing down reducing the force of temperating reducing the effect of banishing dissipating dismissing steadying keeping under control meeting halfway making smaller adulterating cutting back petering out wearing away rolling back wearing down eliminating destroying defending against shielding against embroidering embellishing sugaring the pill pruning denting downscaling blurring scaling down making up simmering down tuning down disposing reducing punishment reining muddying up putting to rest chasing away driving off driving away taking pressure off sophisticating extending lacing remedying rectifying fine tuning making reasonable laying off cauterizing sating throttling tailing off abridging dialing down truncating reducing the impact of softening the impact of soberizing lessening the impact of safeguarding against chastening making agreeable debasing invalidating disempowering monkeying around with mending reducing something knocking down pacificating conning greasing stroking broadening stretching holding one's tongue hushing one's mouth making quiet tongue-tying clamming up striking dumb dummying up desensitising disabling desensitizing enfeebling cauterising hebetating debilitating playing up to paring down taking the bite out of dressing up stabilizing assuring reassuring cooling down restoring harmony to laying back smoothing over making peace imposing peace upon buttering up bedimming opening thinning out patching up sorting out putting to rights ironing out burying the hatchet clearing the air with smoothing someone's ruffled feathers kissing and making up supporting making lighter stabilising smoothing out defusing recovering demilitarising neutralising taking the heat rescuing demilitarizing saving neutralizing clearing the air promoting disengaging simplifying doctoring running interference for furthering nursing clearing the way meliorating attending to speeding forwarding lifting opening the door relenting speeding up making easier expediting condoling with bucking up giving solace to making inaudible liberalising liberalizing dipping fading devaluing overcoming making less painful bridling brightening uplighting shifting emptying jettisoning taking changing removing levitating unloading cheapening disencumbering eradicating paling counteracting humouring inhibiting succouring punctuating varying succoring mastering freeing up governing lissing stopping interrupting quashing humoring squashing preventing breaking up reducing weight pouring out throwing out putting off devaluating bringing respite to making less bright making dim making faint arresting licking bringing an end to making bearable sinking marking down downgrading making matters up acceding to somebody's demands deflating reining in taking load off bringing aid to bringing aid making something bearable keeping the lid on keeping a lid on snuffing out cracking down on getting under control nipping in the bud slapping down holding in check clamping down on decaying devalorizing deteriorating worsening falling lowering in value lowering in price declining writing down

Verb

Present participle for to subside or become less intense
subsiding abating lessening diminishing moderating waning dwindling easing receding ebbing decreasing declining slackening weakening dropping fading ceasing easing up tapering off dropping off letting up dying down falling away dying out phasing down slackening off petering out ratcheting down growing less levelling off calming down relenting remitting alleviating tapering reducing shrinking relaxing mitigating falling lowering palling de-escalating draining away dying away easing off attenuating slacking slacking off contracting slowing modulating winding down tempering flagging sagging slaking getting less becoming less intense slowing down falling off lulling calming quietening down stilling descending quietening terminating melting slipping melting away settling down falling down coming to a stop coming to an end tailing off slumping plummetting plummeting sinking plunging downscaling draining depreciating downsizing closing depleting trailing off denting becoming less making less becoming smaller knocking down growing smaller releasing quelling decrementing depressing disengaging minimizing settling devaluating curtailing minimising retrenching abbreviating trailing extenuating shrivelling minifying blurring shriveling drawing to a close wilting dying off thinning out running low cooling off bating rescinding shaping trailing away elongating becoming weaker fizzling out fading out turning down wearing down paring down toning down wearing away going downhill making smaller fading away hitting the floor thinning down phasing out going through the floor

Verb

Present participle for to cause to become physically weaker
weakening debilitating enfeebling enervating sapping devitalizing tiring prostrating wasting etiolating exhausting incapacitating undermining fatiguing wearing out draining crippling disabling knackering knocking out wearying doing in immobilizing paralysing shattering making feeble paralyzing laying low immobilising indisposing impairing frazzling pooping torpefying making weak washing out fagging out attenuating taxing eroding overtiring overtaxing diminishing reducing whacking jading blunting emasculating vitiating destroying tiring out putting out of action taking it out of wearing to a frazzle handicapping unnerving depleting bushing disempowering depressing ruining wrecking eviscerating rendering infirm tuckering out wearing down withering sickening lessening subverting lowering taking it out of one sapping your strength disembowelling exenterating disemboweling unhinging sapping the strength of extenuating hampering encumbering hindering marring injuring hurting harming unstrengthening eating away wearing away confining to a wheelchair confining to bed impoverishing diluting breaking harassing busting killing outwearing wearing making feebler folding overburdening collapsing failing fainting paining straining wilting overstraining sinking doing up ennuying overworking watering down reducing the power of pulling the teeth of removing the sting from reducing the powers of depriving of force putting to sleep pooping out going stale growing weary petering out giving out felling flooring dropping levelling leveling downing hamstringing disarming overthrowing mowing defeating knocking down knocking over mowing down bowling over bringing someone to their knees bowling down making weary bringing low making impotent making helpless making powerless flattening decking tuckering toppling bringing down knocking to the ground grounding KO'ing conking out laming throwing down throwing to the ground maiming mangling laying out overexerting mutilating flagging overdoing overextending overfatiguing hocking damaging drooping unfitting running ragged knocking for six shooting down taking out striking down knocking unconscious kayoing drawing bankrupting fizzling succumbing bedraggling languishing sagging deactivating halting overturning throwing sucking dry inactivating appalling freezing palsying kiboshing sabotaging totalling battering pinioning spoiling totaling unbracing hogtying hogtieing muzzling arresting making tired invalidating disqualifying rendering incapable putting down cutting down bringing to the ground knocking into the middle of next week catching off balance throwing monkey wrench in using up hobbling making sleepy taking shagging out spilling upsetting disfiguring draining of energy laying someone up burdening tumbling picking off wearing on plaguing tipping over dismembering stifling defacing dislimbing sidelining drowsing stopping jamming upturning oppressing weighing fading glutting disenabling pulling down losing interest causing ennui growing tired clamping tripping actioning making inoperative rendering inactive tying making lame scattering tackling preventing from moving preventing from working bringing to a halt rendering inoperative overcoming overpowering bringing to a standstill shoving unbalancing rooting nearly killing wiping out setting down wearing oneself to a shadow running into the ground tripping up hurling to the ground rendering powerless making unfit restricting spiking wearing oneself to a frazzle running over running down numbing stunning demolishing transfixing stupefying deadening daunting defusing petrifying dazing closing bemusing nonplussing anaesthetizing astounding anesthetizing benumbing boring poleaxing straightening rolling grading laying debasing plastering flushing abrading spreading out ironing out beating down rolling out stopping dead bringing to grinding halt making nerveless shutting down making inert knocking off your feet making harmless stripping subjugating skinning making safe rendering defenseless unarming subduing deescalating neutralizing removing the fuse from occupying disbanding neutralising

Verb

Present participle for to represent or estimate at less than the true value or importance
minimising minimizing diminishing downplaying lessening reducing underrating undervaluing understating moderating trivialising trivializing underestimating devaluing whitewashing minifying underplaying misprizing weakening deemphasizing mitigating deprecating discounting extenuating cheapening qualifying tempering minimalizing de-emphasizing playing down soft-pedalling soft-pedaling glossing over making light of shrugging off selling short brushing aside toning down talking down making little of detracting from holding cheap pooh-poohing making light brushing off restraining belittling muting decreasing palliating holding back modulating attaching little importance to giving a lower profile giving little weight to thinking nothing of underemphasizing downgrading disparaging depreciating disregarding setting little store by setting no store by ignoring passing over making nothing of sugarcoating vilipending rating too low doing an injustice to glozing over decrying slighting thinking little of sneering at scoffing at derogating disvaluing misjudging prettifying despising oversimplifying joking about taking no notice of simplifying dismissing degrading denigrating thinking too little of looking down on lowering demeaning blue-penciling subduing blue-pencilling shushing euphemizing subordinating belying rationalizing overlooking justifying varnishing glossing rationalising going easy overpassing condoning running down forgiving excusing dumbing down laughing off explaining away smoothing over brushing something under the carpet remitting putting on the soft pedal pardoning dealing rapidly with blinking at winking at treating as unimportant papering over undertoning

Verb

Present participle for make or become more tender or loving
relenting yielding capitulating acquiescing giving in melting backpedaling backpedalling unbending acceding giving way weakening blinking bowing budging conceding forbearing quitting submitting succumbing surrendering backing down coming round doing a U-turn having mercy becoming lenient becoming merciful complying folding giving quarter having pity knuckling under showing mercy showing pity slowing sympathising sympathizing admitting something agreeing to something allowing something conceding something caving in coming around cooling it crying uncle dying away doing an about-turn giving up laying back letting go letting happen lightening up mellowing out saying uncle changing one's mind easing up on giving some slack going along with going easy on letting it happen changing your mind taking a softer line assenting agreeing consenting bending hesitating vacillating wavering easing off easing up touching disarming mollifying relaxing affecting moving forgiving throwing in the towel admitting defeat deferring ceding conceding defeat falling throwing in the sponge raising the white flag buckling under showing the white flag accepting defeat laying down arms waving the white flag laying down your arms relinquishing crumbling abandoning going down going under packing it in tossing it in putting up white flag giving up the struggle suffering defeat retracting collapsing accepting caving kowtowing resigning bowing out delivering indulging losing buckling knuckling breaking abdicating laying down falling victim pulling out handing over throwing in your hand eating crow rolling over giving yourself up coming to terms resigning yourself retreating changing compromising giving oneself up adapting consigning entrusting foregoing leaving throwing up one's hands chucking it in playing dead throwing up the sponge falling in line eating humble pie adhering showing white flag giving in to agreeing with granting conforming eating one's words truckling heeding observing desisting stopping presenting despairing forswearing waiving ceasing tendering dropping proffering leaving off chickening out bailing out handing in cutting out coming off second-best failing giving way to yielding to concurring with cooperating with complying with acquiescing in acting in accordance with crying quits folding up giving oneself over turning in turning over calling it quits losing out keeling surrendering to falling short having the worst defaulting getting the worst coming up short taking a licking coming to grief resigning oneself bending the knee hoisting the white flag giving ground humbling oneself bowing to something bowing to someone giving away the store coming a cropper taking a beating meeting one's Waterloo dropping a bundle suffering crashing out reneging backtracking breaking your promise dooing an about-face failing to honour having second thoughts defaulting on going back on backing out copping out breaking one's word

Verb

Present participle for to partially or completely cook in advance

Verb

Present participle for to diminish to nothing
petering checking contracting curbing decaying declining degenerating draining drooping dropping easing ebbing fading lowering quieting rebating settling shrinking sinking slashing slumping tapering waning wasting abating calming down crumbling curtailing cutting down depreciating deteriorating devaluating dying down diminishing dropping off drying up dwindling evaporating falling off lessening letting up lightening losing edge modifying narrowing down petering out quelling reducing restraining running low shrivelling shriveling slackening slacking off slowing down subsiding tailing away tailing off weakening wearing away wearing down withering receding falling plummetting plummeting plunging relenting remitting moderating decrementing palling dying away draining away falling away ratcheting down growing smaller becoming smaller tapering off growing less dying out becoming less blurring de-escalating decreasing phasing down minimizing wasting away axing minimising shortening narrowing wilting deflating condensing growing slimming wrinkling devolving retrograding descending regressing rotting worsening downsizing getting smaller disappearing falling short failing telescoping becoming emaciated becoming debilitated becoming shrunken shriveling up atrophying becoming enfeebled growing weak depleting limiting cutting mitigating scaling down cutting back downscaling tempering dialing down alleviating paring winding down toning down rolling back clipping couching bringing down relaxing attenuating denting making cutbacks in trimming down casting down impairing tightening easing off extenuating taking the edge off qualifying minifying amortising trimming back degrading marking down trimming downgrading making less making smaller taking down eroding depressing stepping down diluting running down amortizing

Verb

Present participle for to persuade someone to do something which they are reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises
cajoling coaxing sweet-talking wheedling manoeuvring beguiling blandishing enticing flattering inveigling luring persuading seducing soft-soaping tempting blarneying palavering wooing bantering bootlicking brownnosing conning crowding deceiving decoying deluding duping entrapping getting round inducing influencing jollying maneuvering massaging misleading oiling prevailing on pushing snowing soaping stroking talking into tantalising tantalizing urging buttering up arguing into building up getting around sweetening up working on working over getting next to handing a line making up to playing up to spreading it on sucking up to laying it on thick rubbing the right way courting adulating honeying overpraising praising humouring puffing belauding fawning salving humoring charming selling beslavering toadying groveling grovelling glorifying hero-worshipping fawning on creeping to crawling to catering to falling all over slavering smooth-talking brown-nosing currying favour curry favoring with sucking up complimenting kowtowing to toadying to abasing oneself to demeaning oneself to truckling to bowing and scrape to rubbing up the right way dancing attendance on curry favouring with keeping someone sweet ingratiating oneself with curry favoring getting on the right side of prostrating oneself to grovelling to flannelling flanneling admiring commending paying tribute to pandering to expressing admiration for lauding panegyrizing waxing lyrical about paying blandishments to paying court to making much of saying nice things about complimenting excessively laying it on with a trowel alluring winning over drawing soliciting attracting swaying baiting betraying kowtowing hooking inviting leading on laying it on bringing round pressing tricking captivating pulling fawning over roping in fussing encouraging truckling crawling apple-polishing cringing coming on turning on sucking in honeying up paying court licking boots falling on one's knees ingratiating getting ensnaring finagling worming pressuring convincing trapping mousetrapping bewitching enchanting steering revering wiling fascinating submitting yielding deferring soothing worshiping gushing over worshipping elevating appealing to crouching pandering sweeping off one's feet stooping creeping kissing-up licking someone's boots kissing feet putting on a pedestal bowing and scraping scratching one's back abasing oneself before kisses up to kissing one's feet caressing talking jockeying babying cosseting pampering patting mollycoddling petting spoiling indulging fussing over puffing up making prodding flattering into coercing arguing reasoning pressurizing back-scratching buttering up to killing witching magnetizing pressurising eulogizing tolling conceding adoring intriguing making a fuss of leading astray fawning upon roosing stroking one's ego exalting softening up magnetising suckering bringing pressure to bear on enrapturing beckoning fooling cheating batting eyes at sweeping off feet whetting the appetite of giving the come-on to grovelling before cringing before giving way prostrating oneself bending the knee giving in making up smoodging venerating leading wangling dangling a carrot in front of gulling dragging training roping pestering plaguing teasing importuning bartering jawboning smarming around bowing falling over oneself for praising to the skies cottoning debasing praising to excess eulogising smoodging to abasing caving in to bowing and scrape before scraping singing the praises of kneeling buddying up cowering lionizing bribing hoodwinking stringing along knuckling under raving over hitting on drawing in coming on to prevailing upon cozening outsmarting outwitting lionising arm-twisting talking into something twisting somebody's arm tripping up catching out setting up kissing the feet of

Verb

Present participle for to lie half-hidden or in shelter

Antonym of softening

softening Idiom, Proverb

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