Definition for AL-LE-VI-A'TION

AL-LE-VI-A'TION, n.

  1. The act of lightening, allaying, or extenuating; a lessening, or mitigation.
  2. That which lessens, mitigates, or makes more tolerable; as, the sympathy of a friend is an alleviation of grief. I have not wanted such alleviations of life, as friendship could supply. – (Dr. Johnson's letter to Mr. Hector.) Boswell. This use of alleviation is hardly legitimate without supplying some word expressing evil, as trouble, sorrow, &c.–Without such alleviations of the cares or troubles of life.

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