Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
mitigatus, p. p. of
mitigareto soften, mitigate;
mitismild, soft + the root of
agereto do, drive.]
To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen;
mitigateheat or cold; to
To make mild and accessible; to mollify; – applied to persons.
This opinion . . .
mitigatedkings into companions.
Syn. – To alleviate; assuage; allay. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To alleviate, as suffering; to assuage; to lessen; as, to mitigate pain or grief.
And counsel mitigates the greatest smart.
2.To make less severe; as, to mitigate doom.
3.To abate; to make less rigorous; to moderate; as, to mitigate cold; to mitigate the severity of the season.
4.To temper; to moderate; to soften in harshness or severity.
We could wish that the rigor of their opinions were allayed and mitigated.
5.To calm; to appease; to moderate; as, to mitigate the fierceness of party.
6.To diminish; to render more tolerable; as, to mitigate the evils or calamities of life; to mitigate punishment.
7.To reduce in amount or severity; as, to mitigate a penalty.
8.To soften, or make mild and accessible; in a literal sense.
It was this opinion which mitigated kings into companions. [Unusual.]