running faucet for lenitive bath gif via LaWhimsy by giphy
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Word Nerd: Lenitive

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsylenitive definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyLenitive means the softening of pain or sorrow. Lenitive derives from the Latin lenire (to soften or soothe) – fun fact lenire also gave us the word lenient which originally meant relieving pain or stress. Lenitive also carries the obsolete meaning of a laxative (in medical terms). Personally I enjoy the word lenitive when using it to mean soothing pain or distress and I liken it to a healing bath or other means of relaxation and ease.

running faucet for lenitive bath gif via LaWhimsy by giphyNow this is lenitive bliss!

Lenitive is an interesting term and a word that I plan on using more often and in as many ways as I can ( I mean, referring to a laxative as a lenitive just sounds so much better, no?). How about you?

Namaste ~ Ella

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