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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Allay  \Al*lay"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Allayed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Allaying}.]  [OE.  alaien,  aleggen  to  lay  down  put  down 
  humble,  put  an  end  to  AS  [=a]lecgan;  [=a]-  (cf.  Goth.  us-, 
  G.  er-,  orig.  meaning  out)  +  lecgan  to  lay;  but  confused  with 
  old  forms  of  allege,  alloy,  alegge.  See  {Lay}.] 
  1.  To  make  quiet  or  put  at  rest;  to  pacify  or  appease;  to 
  quell;  to  calm;  as  to  allay  popular  excitement;  to  allay 
  the  tumult  of  the  passions. 
 
  2.  To  alleviate;  to  abate;  to  mitigate;  as  to  allay  the 
  severity  of  affliction  or  the  bitterness  of  adversity. 
 
  It  would  allay  the  burning  quality  of  that  fell 
  poison.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  alleviate;  check;  repress;  assuage;  appease;  abate; 
  subdue;  destroy;  compose;  soothe;  calm;  quiet.  See 
  {Alleviate}. 




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