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[uh-lee-vee-eyt] /əˈli viˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), alleviated, alleviating.
to make easier to endure; lessen; mitigate:
to alleviate sorrow; to alleviate pain.
Origin of alleviate
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English alleviaten < Late Latin alleviātus (past participle of alleviāre), equivalent to al- al- + levi(s) light, not heavy + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unalleviated, adjective
unalleviatedly, adverb
unalleviating, adjective
unalleviatingly, adverb
lighten, diminish, abate, relieve, assuage.
increase, strengthen; aggravate, intensify. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unalleviated
Historical Examples
  • In short, it was the dreary existence of unalleviated obscurity.

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck
  • Later when pain should have dissolved thought her agony would come to her unalleviated; but this hour was hers and his.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • What to us is a paltry trial is the cause of keenest, unalleviated woe to the child of five.

  • You know it is coming; it is therefore pure, fundamental shock, unalleviated by the lighter element we call surprise.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • Have thy tears been unalleviated—thy sorrows unsolaced—thy temptations above that thou wert able to bear?

    The Words of Jesus John R. Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for unalleviated


(transitive) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve
Derived Forms
alleviation, noun
alleviative, adjective
alleviator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin alleviāre to mitigate, from Latin levis light
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Word Origin and History for unalleviated



late 15c., from Middle French allevier or directly from Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare "to lighten," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + levis "light" in weight (see lever). Related: Alleviated; alleviating.

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