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Smooth, vb. 1) to make smooth or even: “to s. the ice,” John IV, 2, 13. “every rub is --ed on our way,” H5 II, 2, 188. “I would remove these stumbling-stocks and s. my way upon their headless necks,” H6B I, 2, 65 “his --ed brows,” H6A III, 1, 124; H6C II, 6, 32; R3 I, 1, 9.
2) to make bland and insinuative: “s. not thy tongue with filed talk,” Pilgr. 306.
3) to soften, to palliate, to colour: “to s. his fault I should have been more mild,” R2 I, 3, 240. “Warwick tells his title, --s the wrong,” H6C III, 1, 48. “to s. that rough touch with a tender kiss,” Rom. I, 5, 98. “what tongue shall s. thy name, when I have mangled it?” III, 2, 98. “s. every passion that in the natures of their lords rebel,” Lr. II, 2, 81.
4) to soften with blandishments, to flatter, to humour; absol.: thy --ing titles (turn) “to a ragged name,” Lucr. 892. “let not his --ing words bewitch your hearts,” H6B I, 1, 156. “sweet --ing words,” R3 I, 2, 169 (Qq soothing). “s., deceive and cog,” I, 3, 48. “I can s. and fill his ear with golden promises,” Tit. IV, 4, 96. “s. and speak him fair,” V, 2, 140. “the sinful father seemed not to strike, but s.” Per. I, 2, 78. With a superfluous it: “dangerous peer, that --est it so with king and commonweal,” H6B II, 1, 22. Trans.: “every grise of fortune is --ed by that below,” Tim. IV, 3, 17.
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