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Synonyms for softened

toned down

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being or made softer or less loud or clear

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The fierce eyes, the hard voice, softened under Crayford's influence.
In a softened tone she declared herself not at all offended; but he continued to apologise for about a quarter of an hour.
He softened again at sight of these two friends, and, laying aside the angry manner--if to anything so feeble and so sad the term can be applied--in which he had spoken when the door opened, resumed his former seat, and subsided, by little and little into the old action, and the old, dull, wandering sound.
Elinor's heart, which had undergone many changes in the course of this extraordinary conversation, was now softened again;--yet she felt it her duty to check such ideas in her companion as the last.
His heart was softened in seeing mine suffer; and so much of his ill-will was done away, that when we parted, he almost shook me by the hand while he reminded me of an old promise about a pointer puppy.
Where better could we leave him than at the altar before which he had first caught a glimpse of the glory of his birthright, and felt the drawing of the bond which links all living souls together in one brotherhood--at the grave beneath the altar of him who had opened his eyes to see that glory, and softened his heart till it could feel that bond?
But as though of set design, each time she was softened she began to speak again of what exasperated her.
All her wildness and passion had subsided; but, though softened, she was not in tears.
As she softened with the quiet, and the consciousness of being so watched, some tears made their way into her eyes.
In this example, "and all should cry" displays the standard voice quality, from which the voice quality of "beware" deviates in the softened direction.
Softened and soothed, you'll be a happy soul and have a real spring in your step.
When softened, add a little tomato puree and flour and cook for a minute, then turn up the heat, add a glass or two of red wine.
Allow to bubble then add the drained, softened noodles and beansprouts, and toss together to coat.
In a small mixing bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 tbsp.
Brian Jacques, Redwall> Her expression softened when the children entered the room.