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mitigate
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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make less harmful or unpleasant
  • His dark, square countenance ... would, perhaps, have been rather stern, had not the gentleman considerately taken upon himself to mitigate the harsh effect by a look of exceeding good-humor and benevolence.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (8% in)
mitigate = make less unpleasant
  • Those stern, immitigable features seemed to symbolize an evil influence, and so darkly to mingle the shadow of their presence with the sunshine of the passing hour, that no good thoughts or purposes could ever spring up and blossom there.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (66% in)
  • The young man was tried and convicted of the crime; but either the circumstantial nature of the evidence, and possibly some lurking doubts in the breast of the executive, or, lastly—an argument of greater weight in a republic than it could have been under a monarchy,—the high respectability and political influence of the criminal's connections, had availed to mitigate his doom from death to perpetual imprisonment.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (70% in)
  • And, without all the deeper trust in a comprehensive sympathy above us, we might hence be led to suspect the insult of a sneer, as well as an immitigable frown, on the iron countenance of fate.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (99% in)
  • It was quite as striking, allowing for the difference of scale, as that betwixt a landscape under a broad sunshine and just before a thunder-storm; not that it had the passionate intensity of the latter aspect, but was cold, hard, immitigable, like a day-long brooding cloud.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (22% in)
  • Turn our eyes to what point we may, a dead man's white, immitigable face encounters them, and freezes our very heart!
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (76% in)
  • But when those words were irrevocably spoken, his look assumed sternness, the sense of power, and immitigable resolve; and this with so natural and imperceptible a change, that it seemed as if the iron man had stood there from the first, and the meek man not at all.
    Chapter 15 — The Scowl and Smile (58% in)
  • From that hour of evil omen until the present, it may be,—though we know not the secret of his heart,—but it may be that no wearier and sadder man had ever sunk into the chair than this same Judge Pyncheon, whom we have just beheld so immitigably hard and resolute.
    Chapter 15 — The Scowl and Smile (97% in)

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