One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Sweeten.‘cider pap dulcified with molasses’
- ‘This one, however, dulcifies with water to yield camphor and a bit of Hessian from the bungcloth.’
- ‘This drops as the honeycomb; it dulcifies and sweetens the waters of Marah; it is better than life; it has a hyper-hyperbole in it.’
- ‘The flavour straight is dry overall, but with plenty of fruit and a short but lingering finish; with water it dulcifies to start with and finishes dry.’
- ‘Digest with a gentle heat, then draw off 10 galls. in a bath heat, and dulcify with fine sugar.’
- 1.1 Calm or soothe.‘the exquisite melody dulcifies whatever pain the singer's words express’
soothe, pacify, placate, mollify, appease, conciliateView synonyms
- ‘The current of the river dulcifies as if in pacific obeisance to the night.’
- ‘The atmosphere dulcifies easily, participating feeling strong and self-confident is we happy source, is also Maya's most valuable precious property.’
- ‘In many of them the assertive bite of their wild ancestors has been sufficiently dulcified to obscure their relationship.’
- ‘His harshest tones in this part came steeped and dulcified in good humour.’
- ‘After bribing border guards and dulcifying military patrols, they finally got into Pakistan, but living conditions were so miserable that they eventually emigrated to Canada, which welcomed them as political refugees.’
- ‘The instrument is, in effect, played by the breeze, making sounds akin to an oboe-like moaning and the dulcifying strum of a harp.’
- ‘Your stay in the hotel Dália will be dulcified by the visit of the Water Program (relaxing-regeneration centre).’
- ‘The titular porch may only be figurative, but the dulcifying vibe of a laid-back afternoon hang amongst congenial compadres comes across loud and clear.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘sweeten’): from Latin dulcificare ‘sweeten’, from dulcis ‘sweet’.
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