leavened leavened  /ˈlɛ vənd/


  • (adj) made light by aerating, as with yeast or baking powder; often used as a combining form


  1. Massoud's Islam was a moderate kind of fundamentalism leavened by tolerance for others.
  2. Soon after graduation, the foursome headed south to Tokyo, where they developed their sound, a punk-rock bite leavened with melodic interludes and philosophical lyrics.
  3. But the real soul of MNN is in its green-living features leavened with the help of Leavell's celebrity friends.


  • Mardi Jo Link - Tales of pilfering wood, eating roadkill

    There might be something rural or at least Midwestern in my reaction to memoirs. I enjoy reading them, but unless they are leavened by a self-deprecating wit I get bored very quickly. If the authors can't laugh at themselves, just a time or two, I find myself wondering about their humanity. Mardi Jo...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Ann Arbor Observer


  1. "While everyone recognizes national security concerns are implicated when the government investigates terrorism within our nation's borders, such concerns should be leavened with common sense so as not forever to trump the rights of the citizenry...
    on May 24, 2006 By: Richard J. Cardamone Source: W*USA 9

  2. Assessing all the debates combined, Racicot said Kerry "did provide himself some temporary assistance with the first debate that got more leavened in the second debate and then began to dissipate at a whatever unknown rate with last night's...
    on Oct 14, 2004 By: Marc Racicot Source: WCNC (subscription)

  3. Labour's finance spokeswoman Joan Burton said the plan amounted to "100 pages of stale reheats, leavened with vague aspirations" and she called for action instead. "There is no leadership, and little action."
    on Dec 18, 2008 By: Joan Burton Source: Irish Times

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