Damped and Dampened





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How to use the words Damped and Dampened?



When the vibration of a wheel is reduced it is damped, but when you drive through a puddle your tire is dampened.


“Dampened” always has to do with wetting, if only metaphorically:


“The announcement that Bob’s parents were staying home after all dampened the spirits of the party-goers.”


The parents are being a wet blanket.






























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