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softening

adjective

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softening

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softening

verb
present participle of soften

Synonyms & Antonyms of softening (Entry 3 of 3)

2 to lessen the shock of
  • had tried to soften the blow of her rejection to his marriage proposal

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“Softening.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/softening. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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