My attempt at lightening the situation fell on deaf ears.
Instinctively, he blocked another strike of lightening while absorbing a second.
Purple lightening rippled in the air nearby.
The champions of national defence and those who demanded a lightening of the burdens of taxation.
The system of the catasto, which led to abuses, was abolished, and a progressive income-tax (decima scalata) was introduced with the object of lightening the burdens of the poor, who were as a rule Medicean, at the expense of the rich; but as it was frequently increased the whole community came to be oppressed by it in the end.