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alleviate
used in Selected Tales by Poe

3 uses
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Definition
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
  • Yet although the external abbey, with its verdant decay hanging about it, suffered but little alteration, I gave way, with a child-like perversity, and perchance with a faint hope of alleviating my sorrows, to a display of more than regal magnificence within.
    1 — Ligeia (49% in)
  • The writer spoke of acute bodily illness—of a mental disorder which oppressed him—and of an earnest desire to see me, as his best, and indeed his only personal friend, with a view of attempting, by the cheerfulness of my society, some alleviation of his malady.
    3 — The Fall of the House of Usher (7% in)
  • For several days ensuing, her name was unmentioned by either Usher or myself: and during this period I was busied in earnest endeavors to alleviate the melancholy of my friend.
    3 — The Fall of the House of Usher (39% in)

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