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[uh-lee-vee-ey-shuh n] /əˌli viˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of alleviating.
something that alleviates or palliates.
Origin of alleviation
1615-25; < Medieval Latin alleviātiōn- (stem of alleviātiō), equivalent to alleviāt(us) (see alleviate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then in their not infrequent sickness there was alleviation and comfort waiting for them.

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  • But such an alleviation of my anguish is forbidden to my reason.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • If I could suffer alone, it would be an alleviation of my anguish, but I cannot.

  • When she had gone they were conscious of an alleviation, and of the great beauty of the evening.

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  • The alleviation of suffering and the prolongation of human life is the duty of every noble-minded man to endeavour to promote.

    The Sanitary Evolution of London Henry Lorenzo Jephson
  • But the defeat and death of Mansfeld brought no alleviation.

    German Culture Past and Present Ernest Belfort Bax
  • There had been to him no alleviation, no comfort, no consolation.

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  • How devoutly to be wished is the alleviation of his danger and distress!

  • The highest charity of all is that which aims at the prevention rather than the alleviation of evil.

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  • The second morning, however, brought an alleviation to the distress.

Word Origin and History for alleviation

early 15c., from Middle French aleviacion or directly from Medieval Latin alleviationem (nominative alleviatio), noun of action from past participle stem of alleviare (see alleviate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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