Definition of dulcify in English:

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dulcify

Pronunciation: /ˈdəlsəˌfī/

verb (dulcifies, dulcifying, dulcified)

[with object] literary
1Sweeten: cider pap dulcified with molasses
More example sentences
  • Digest with a gentle heat, then draw off 10 galls. in a bath heat, and dulcify with fine sugar.
  • This one, however, dulcifies with water to yield camphor and a bit of Hessian from the bungcloth.
  • This drops as the honeycomb; it dulcifies and sweetens the waters of Marah; it is better than life; it has a hyper-hyperbole in it.
1.1Calm or soothe: his voice dulcified the panic
More example sentences
  • The instrument is, in effect, played by the breeze, making sounds akin to an oboe-like moaning and the dulcifying strum of a harp.
  • In many of them the assertive bite of their wild ancestors has been sufficiently dulcified to obscure their relationship.
  • The current of the river dulcifies as if in pacific obeisance to the night.

Derivatives

dulcification

Pronunciation: /ˌdəlsəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • It deserves of being consumed not only as a dulcification, in substitution of the refined sugar and as a help in the respiratory affections, but to enter stably in the daily diet.

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense 'sweeten'): from Latin dulcificare 'sweeten', from dulcis 'sweet'.

Words that rhyme with dulcify

emulsify

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Syllabification: dul·ci·fy

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