To Lénify. v.a. [lenifier, old French; lenio, Latin.] To assuage; to mitigate.
It is used for squinancies and inflammations in the throat, whereby it seemeth to have a mollifying and lenifying virtue. Bacon's Natural History, № 554.
All soft'ning simples, known of sov'reign use,
He presses out, and pours their noble juice;
These first infus'd, to lenify the pain,
He tugs with pincers, but he tugs in vain. Dryden.