The word of the day [19|08|2017] is ALLEVIATE
- to make suffering, deficiency or problem more bearable: relieve.
- to partially remove or correct something undesirable.
- Reduce • Relieve • Ease • Deaden
- Dull • Diminish • Dull • Lessen
- Palliate • Soothe • Help • Soften
- Assuage • Damp • Allay • Temper
- Efforts by Great Britain and the United States toalleviate the distress were opposed by the authorities, but met with some success.
- To alleviate the distress of the people he undertook to develop both agriculture and industry: planting colonies of Dutch and Flemish settlers to drain the marshes of Saintonge, issuing prohibitive measures against the importation of foreign goods (1597), introducing the silk industry, encouraging the manufacture of cloth, of glass-ware, of tapestries (Gobelins), and under the direction of Sully – named grand-voyer de France – improving and increasing the routes for commerce.
- He put on his sunglasses, which did little to alleviate the headache sunlight gave him.
- This man was born of a Saivite family about 1825, but in early manhood grew dissatisfied with idolworship. He undertook many pilgrimages and studied the Vedic philosophy in the hope of solving the old problem of the Buddha, – how to alleviate human misery and attain final liberation.
- “It’s supposed to alleviate bad moods,” Dan said to Lana.
Alleviate derives from the past participle of Late Latin alleviare (“to lighten or relieve“), which in turn was formed by combining the prefix ad-and the adjective levis, a Latin word meaning “having little weight,” which also gave rise to the adjective light (as in “not heavy“) in English.
We acquired alleviate in the 15th century, and for the first few centuries the word could mean either “to cause (something) to have less weight” or “to make (something) more tolerable.”
The literal “make lighter” sense is no longer used, however, and today we have only the “relieve” sense.
Incidentally, not only is alleviate a synonym of relieve, it’s also a cousin; relieve comes from levare (“to raise“), which in turn comes from levis.
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