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SOFT'LY, adverb

1. Without hardness.

2. Not with force or violence; gently; as, be softly pressed my hand.

3. Not loudly; without noise; as, speak softly; walk softly In this dark silence softly leave the town.

4. Gently; placidly. She softly lays him on a flowery bed.

5. Mildly; tenderly. The king must die; though pity softly pleads within my soul.