Definition for SOFT'LY

SOFT'LY, adv.

  1. Without hardness.
  2. Not with force or violence; gently; as, he softly pressed my hand.
  3. Not loudly; without noise; as, speak softly; walk softly. In this dark silence softly leave the town. – Dryden.
  4. Gently; placidly. She softly lays him on a flowery bed. – Dryden.
  5. Mildly; tenderly. The king must die; / Though pity softly pleads within my soul. – Dryden.

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