allay[ uh-ley ]SEE DEFINITION OF allay
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALLAY
How calculated is this precedure to allay animosities and unite hearts!
She will allay your intoxication by gentle degrees, and send you sober home.
Still, Greta's nervousness increased; no reason, no sophistry could allay it.
There was alarm on her face, which La Boulaye now set himself to allay.
When it came, however, it was not calculated to allay the curiosity of his questioner.
Would he not allay their fears for his safety, not for themselves?
The "angel" tried in vain to allay her husband's excitement.
This sweeping statement was not calculated to allay my discomfort.
Nor did I seek to allay their wrath, knowing but too well that it was justified.
It will be easy to excite passion and difficult to allay it.
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).
The double -l- is 17c., a mistaken Latinism. Related: Allayed; allaying.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ALLAY
- butter up
- calm down
- cool off
- make nice
- make up
- patch things up
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- pour oil on
- smooth down
- take the edge off
- take the sting out