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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)
  • 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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