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    #1

    Deaden

    I am wondering if it is possible to use the word "deaden" in the following sentences. Please would you correct my mistakes.

    1. He deadened his troubled conscience with giving money to charity.
    2. Peter hit the bottle to deaden his sorrow.
    3. Nothing could deaden the pain he felt after his wife's death.

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    #2

    Re: Deaden

    It doesn't work for 1. 'He salved his troubled conscience...' is the standard collocation.

    2 and 3 are OK.

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    #3

    Re: Deaden

    And he salved his conscience by ... (not "with").
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Deaden

    I would use "soothed" rather than "salved." Perhaps another AmE/BrE difference.

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