- to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet.
- to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate: to allay pain.
Origin of allay
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Examples from the Web for allayed
The only joy is the momentary spasm of sexual gratification; the only happiness that of (temporarily) allayed jealousy.David's Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah
September 29, 2012
I doubt if Hephzy's suspicions were allayed, but she did not press the subject.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Some rain fell towards night, which laid the dust and allayed the heat.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
The fear which had leaped in me was allayed by his next words.
My anxiety was not at all allayed by a casual encounter with Crofter in the evening.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
The many things she saw there allayed the first pangs of her disquiet.Fraternity
- to relieve (pain, grief, etc) or be relieved
- (tr) to reduce (fear, anger, etc)
Word Origin and History for allayed
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.