allayer, n.
/euh lay"/, v.t., allayed, allaying.
1. to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet.
2. to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate: to allay pain.
[bef. 1000; ME aleyen, OE alecgan to put down, allay (a- A-3 + lecgan to LAY1); sp. -ll- shows influence of the now obs. allege ( < AF, OF aleg(i)er; see ALLEGE) to alleviate, allay]
Syn. 1. soften, assuage. ALLAY, MODERATE, SOOTHE mean to reduce excitement or emotion. TO ALLAY is to lay to rest or lull to a sense of security, possibly by making the emotion seem unjustified: to allay suspicion, anxiety, fears. TO MODERATE is to tone down any excess and thus to restore calm: to moderate the expression of one's grief. TO SOOTHE is to exert a pacifying or tranquilizing influence: to soothe a terrified child. 2. lighten, mollify, temper, ease.
Ant. 1. excite.

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