For a moment, the shadows are gone, replaced by a soft, warm light that seems to be saying: Never again.
Our nation is going so soft, and it's clearly President Obama's fault.
Though she does have a soft spot for the disabled, Sue is pretty much horrible in every other respect.
Which is too bad, because we badly need that squishy, soft quality to restore the hardest of hard things, the economy.
Take your average lunch: turkey sandwich (white bread, lettuce, mayo, cheese), soft drink, and potato chips.
Her eyes brightened and she placed a soft hand upon his arm.
God knows it's as soft as silk and just the color of oak leaves in winter.
Nothing but that drip, drip of the rain, and that soft distant sighing of the sea.
The tempest of passion may be brewing under this soft sunshine.
You're kind of soft around the stomach, Mr. Henderson, I'm sorry to say.
Old English softe, earlier sefte, "gentle, mild-natured; easeful, comfortable, calm, undisturbed; luxurious," from West Germanic *samfti, from Proto-Germanic *samftijaz "level, even, smooth, gentle, soft" (cf. Old Saxon safti, Old High German semfti, German sanft; and from a variant form with -ch- for -f-, Middle Dutch sachte, Dutch zacht, German sacht), from root *som- "fitting, agreeable."
From c.1200 of material things, "not stiff, not coarse, fine; yielding to weight." From late 14c. of wind, rain, etc. Of sounds, "quiet, not loud," from early 13c. Of words, "mild, restrained; courteous" mid-14c. From late 14c. as "indulgent," also "physically feeble; easily overcome, lacking manly courage." From 1755 of water ("relatively free from mineral salts"), from 1789 of coal. Meaning "foolish, simple, silly" is attested from 1620s; earlier "easily moved or swayed; soft-hearted, sympathetic; docile" (early 13c.). In reference to drinks, "non-alcoholic" from 1880. As an adverb, Old English softe "gently;" late 13c. as "quietly." As an interjection from 1540s.
Soft landing is from 1958 and the U.S. space program. Adjective soft-core (in reference to pornography) is from 1966 (cf. hardcore). Soft rock as a music style is attested from 1969. Soft sell is from 1955. Soft-shoe as a dancing style is attested from 1927. Soft-boiled is from 1757 of eggs; of persons, ideas, etc., 1930 (cf. half-baked). Soft-focus (adj.) of camera shots is from 1917. The softer sex "women collectively" is from 1640s.