Synonyms and Antonyms of soften
1 to diminish the physical strength of <three weeks of being sick in bed had noticeably softened her> Synonyms debilitate, devitalize, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, sap, weaken, tire, wasteRelated Words cripple, disable, hamstring, incapacitate; deplete, depress, exhaust, impoverish, unman, wash out; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, invalid, lay up; break down, grind (down), wear down, wear out; paralyzeNear Antonyms energize, invigorate, recruit, rejuvenate, vitalize; harden, season, toughenAntonyms beef (up), fortify, strengthen
2 to lessen the shock of <had tried to soften the blow of her rejection to his marriage proposal> Synonyms buffer, gentle, cushionRelated Words baffle, dampen, deaden, dull, obtund; moderate, modulate, temper; allay, alleviate, assuage, ease; lighten, mitigate, relieveNear Antonyms heighten, intensify, sharpen
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