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alleviate
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
  • The only alleviating circumstance in a tete-a-tete with uncle Pullet was that he kept a variety of lozenges and peppermint-drops about his person, and when at a loss for conversation, he filled up the void by proposing a mutual solace of this kind.
    1.9 — Book 1 Chapter 9 — To Garum Firs (55% in)
  • Mr. Tulliver walked abruptly out of the arbor as he uttered the last sentence, and, without looking round at Mr. Moss, went on to the kitchen door, where the eldest boy was holding his horse, and his sister was waiting in a state of wondering alarm, which was not without its alleviations, for baby was making pleasant gurgling sounds, and performing a great deal of finger practice on the faded face.
    1.8 — Book 1 Chapter 8 — Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (85% in)
  • The Miss Guests saw an alleviation to the sorrow of witnessing a folly in their Rector; at least their brother would be safe; and their knowledge of Stephen's tenacity was a constant ground of alarm to them, lest he should come back and marry Maggie.
    7.4 — Book 7 Chapter 4 — Maggie and Lucy (50% in)

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