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intenerate

[ in-ten-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn əˌreɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·ten·er·at·ed, in·ten·er·at·ing.

to make soft or tender; soften.

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Origin of intenerate

1585–95; in-2 + Latin tenertender1 + -ate1
in·ten·er·a·tion, noun
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  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in and keeps her balance true.

    Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The verb intenerate tried to turn out soften; and deturpate to take the place of defile.

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in, and keeps her balance true.

    Essays|Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for intenerate

intenerate
/ (ɪnˈtɛnəˌreɪt) /

verb

(tr) rare to soften or make tender
inteneration, noun
C16: from in- ² + Latin tener delicate, tender 1
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