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allay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of allay

  1. to make more bearable or less severe a gentle breeze would allay the heat Synonyms of allay help, alleviate, assuage, ease, mitigate, mollify, palliate, relieve, sootheWords Related to allay abate, lighten, moderate, soften, temper; cure, heal, remedy; amend, correct, emend, fix, mend, rectify, reform, repair; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refineNear Antonyms of allay harm, hurt, impair, injure; heighten, intensify, sharpenAntonyms of allay aggravate, exacerbate

Synonym Discussion of allay

relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay mean to make something less grievous. relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable.
    • took an aspirin to relieve the pain
alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress.
    • the lotion alleviated the itching
lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight.
    • good news would lighten our worries
assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable.
    • ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful.
    • the need to mitigate barbaric laws
allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms.
    • allayed their fears


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