dampener

dampen

[dam-puhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make damp; moisten: to dampen a sponge.
2.
to dull or deaden; depress: to dampen one's spirits.
3.
damp ( def 10 ).
verb (used without object)
4.
to become damp.

Origin:
1620–30; damp + -en1

dampener, noun
undampened, adjective

damp, dampen, moist (see synonym study at damp).
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dampen (ˈdæmpən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become damp
2.  (tr) to stifle; deaden
 
'dampener
 
n

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dampen
c.1630, "to dull or deaden" (of force, enthusiasm, ardor, etc.), from damp. Literal meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1827. Related: Dampened (c.1630); dampener (1887).
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