But the softness, the muted quality in turn became an aesthetic.
Yet there is a softness in some of these moments that Borat lacked.
It prefers nonconfrontation, and calmness and softness of voice are valued when dealing with adversity.
softness ain't much in my line, but that girl fetched me altogether.
"You're awfully good, Tom," she said and Tom's heart swelled at the softness of her tone.
All purr and softness when she's a friend—and a perfect she-devil when an enemy.
At the bottom of the softness there was the iron of resolution.
These are human beings, good to look upon; full of love and joy, softness and beauty.
Oh, where was this softness bearing her—this emptiness of all will, of all individual power?
To the old man himself they had hardly dared to talk about it, but now they strove to win him to some softness.
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.