As a noun dampener
is a device that moistens or dampens something.
As a verb dampened is
A device that moistens or dampens something.
(figurative) A discouraging event or remark.
To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
* The Century
* 2007 October 16, Jane E. Brody, “Despite Strides, Listeria Needs Vigilance”, ,
- In a way that considerably dampened our enthusiasm.
To become damp; to deaden.
- Pregnant women are 20 times as likely as other healthy young women to contract listeriosis, probably because in pregnancy the immune system is dampened to prevent rejection of the fetus.