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Friday, March 13, 2015

Definitions for intenerate

  1. to make soft or tender; soften.

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Citations for intenerate
I know not whether I do not too much indulge the vain longings of affection; but I hope they intenerate my heart, and that when I die like my Tetty, this affection will be acknowledged in a happy interview… , Samuel Johnson in The Life of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, 1791
Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in and keeps her balance true. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Compensation," Essays, 1841
Origin of intenerate
1585-1595
Intenerate entered English in the late 1500s and finds its roots in the Latin term tener meaning "tender."