One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the fine rain dampened her face’
moisten, damp, wet, dew, water, irrigate, humidify
rare sparge, humify, humect
2‘nothing could dampen her enthusiasm’
lessen, decrease, diminish, reduce, lower, moderate, damp, damp down, put a damper on, throw cold water on, calm, cool, chill, dull, blunt, tone down, deaden, temper, discourage
suppress, extinguish, quench, stamp out, smother, stifle, muffle, blanket, mute, silence, quieten, overcome, curb, limit, check, still, restrain, inhibit, deter
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