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- n. One who allays.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, allays.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which allays or alleviates.
- n. One who or that which allays or alloys.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
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I know this is an aside, but I really enjoyed the dog as companion and allayer of fear.
She became almost as much of a peacemaker, a smoother-down of rough interludes, an allayer of irritating ebullitions, as Dora was wont to be at home.
In many of the same ways "The Cosby Show" did, it does double duty as both an allayer of white guilt ( "he's just like us") and an image makeover for black communities that resent their monolithic reputation for absentee fatherhood.