Word of the Day : September 18, 2018


adjective LEN-uh-tiv


: alleviating pain or harshness : soothing

Did You Know?

Lenitive first appears in English in the 15th century. It derives from the Latin verb lenire ("to soften or soothe"), which was itself formed from the adjective lenis, meaning "soft" or "mild." Lenire also gave us the adjective lenient, which usually means "tolerant" or "indulgent" today but in its original sense carried the meaning of "relieving pain or stress." Often found in medical contexts, lenitive can also be a noun referring to a treatment (such as a salve) with soothing or healing properties.


Peppermint, chamomile, and ginger are all reputed to have a lenitive effect on the digestive system.

"The air in Eastbourne … is melancholy with the sweet memories of childhood, and the promises it breathes are prayerful and lenitive: all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." — Howard Jacobson, The Independent (London), 2 Aug. 2008

Name That Synonym

Unscramble the letters to create a synonym of lenitive: SVEAISUAS.



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