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le vuhn

  • n  a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
  • n  an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something
    his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor
  • v  cause to puff up with a leaven
    unleavened bread

  • The great man needed to leaven his tried-and-tested approaches with a dash of the newand when he learned to do so the magic returned.
  • The band has a refreshing scruffiness but except for Joe gets too little screen time to leaven the formula slickness.
  • To leaven its solid fare of political and artistic comment, London's socialist New Statesman and Nation conducts weekly "competitions" in epigrams, limericks, etc.
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  • The kingdom of God we find as we walk God’s chosen path of grace
    Jesus said, “[The kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it” (verses 18, 19). “It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened” (verse 21).
    July 3, 2013 - The News-Reporter

  • Pope Benedict XVI in Catholic Weekly
    Pope Benedict said he hoped the Knights would "discover new ways to serve as leaven of the Gospel in the world and a force for the renewal of the church in holiness and apostolic zeal."
  • JB Priestley in The Guardian
    Priestley said of the immigrants in his English Journey, published in 1934: "They were different, and brought more to the city than bank drafts and lists of customers. They acted as a leaven, just as a colony of typical West Riding folk would act as...
  • Pope John Paul II in Catholic News Agency
    Being a people of hope, the Pope called on Americans to "continue to be a leaven of evangelical hope in American society, striving to bring the light and truth of the Gospel to the task of building an ever more just and free world for generations...

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