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Synonyms for softening

the process of becoming softer

having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

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Evening passed, night came, and the feeling of suspense and softening of heart in the presence of the unfathomable did not lessen but increased.
Titian's Venus defiles and disgraces the Tribune, there is no softening that fact, but his "Moses" glorifies it.
He was of the iron of which martyrs are made, but in the heart of the matrix had lurked a nobler metal, fusible at a milder heat, yet never coloring nor softening the hard exterior.
In these two romantic natures was manifest in a signal way that neglected phenomenon, the dominance of the sexual element in all the relations of life, strengthening, softening, and beautifying even those of consanguinity.
I think my head is softening, or my brains are melting, or I am sweating from head to foot
It was a Sunday afternoon, and beautiful weather, and my uncle, the priest, took me as a reward for being a good boy and because of my own accord and without anybody asking me I had bankrupted my savings-box and given the money to a mission that was civilizing the Chinese and sweetening their lives and softening their hearts with the gentle teachings of our religion, and I wish you could have seen what we saw that day, Thorndike.