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allay
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
reduce the intensity of or calm
  • But it was especially the aspect of the three chief officers of the ship, the mates, which was most forcibly calculated to allay these colourless misgivings, and induce confidence and cheerfulness in every presentment of the voyage.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (11% in)
  • ...up that uncontaminated aroma,—literally and truly, like the smell of spring violets; I declare to you, that for the time I lived as in a musky meadow; I forgot all about our horrible oath; in that inexpressible sperm, I washed my hands and my heart of it; I almost began to credit the old Paracelsan superstition that sperm is of rare virtue in allaying the heat of anger; while bathing in that bath, I felt divinely free from all ill-will, or petulance, or malice, of any sort whatsoever.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (9% in)

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