to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet.
to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate:
to allay pain.
In colic from acute indigestion it is a very convenient means of quieting the child by allaying the pain.
The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) Grant Hague
What they heard there, would increase their fear, instead of allaying it.
History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3 Henry Thomas Buckle
It has recently published a series of articles for the purpose of stimulating faith and allaying doubt.
Arrows of Freethought George W. Foote
Was there then any means of allaying these billows, of calming this tumultuous sea?
In Search of the Castaways Jules Verne
These measures, instead of allaying, only inflamed the passions of the populace the more.
History of the Rise of the Huguenots Henry Baird
Instead of allaying the eagerness of the Emir, the words excited it the more.
The Prince of India, Volume I Lew. Wallace
The mule, more cautious and cunning, adopts another method of allaying his thirst.
With the World’s Great Travellers, Volume 2 Various
This led to bickerings, which the missionary often had trouble in allaying.
Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier T. L. Pennell
He thinks more of allaying the anxiety of his wife than of currying favor with his ruler.
Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
Diluted with water, it often succeeds in allaying itching and irritation of the skin when all other means fail.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley
to relieve (pain, grief, etc) or be relieved
(transitive) to reduce (fear, anger, etc)
Old English alecgan “to put down, remit, give up,” a Germanic compound (cf. Gothic uslagjan, Old High German irleccan, German erlegen), from a- “down, aside” + lecgan “to lay” (see lay).
Early Middle English pronunciations of -y- and -g- were not always distinct, and the word was confused in Middle English with various senses of Romanic-derived alloy and allege, especially the latter in an obsolete sense of “to lighten,” from Latin ad- “to” + levis (see lever).
Amid the overlapping of meanings that thus arose, there was developed a perplexing network of uses of allay and allege, that belong entirely to no one of the original vbs., but combine the senses of two or more of them. [OED]
The double -l- is 17c., a mistaken Latinism. Related: Allayed; allaying.
a half suit of light plate armor.
the act of ; affirmation. an assertion made with little or no proof. an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove. a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification. Contemporary Examples In its motion to dismiss, UMass denied this allegation, and Haidak refuted the school’s […]
to assert without proof. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact. to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath. to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse. Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation. Contemporary Examples What the film does allege is that OBI may have […]
to assert without proof. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact. to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath. to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse. Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation. verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) to declare in or […]