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1

allay

(uh-LAY)

vb. to lessen fear; to calm; to relieve pain

  • allay  is to lay away discomfort

 

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alleviate

(uh-LEE-vee-ate)

vb. to lessen pain or discomfort

  • The first five lettlers of alleviate rhymes with relieve

3

ameliorate

(uh-MEEL-yuh-rate)

vb. to make better; to lessen pain, difficulty, or tension

4

appease

(uh-PEEZ)

vb. to make tranquil or quiet, especially by giving into another's demands

  • the last five letters of appease sounds like peace and rhymes with please

5

assuage

(uh-SWAYJ)

vb. to lessen pain or conflict; pacify

  • a slant ryhme of assuage can be massage

6

conciliate

(kuhn-SIH-lee-ate)

vb. to win a person over through special considerations or persuasive methods

  • conciliate rhymes with considerate

7

mediate

(MEE-dee-ate)

vb. to act as a go-between in settling conflicts or disputes between people or opposite sides

  • medius -a -um in latin means middle

8

mitigate

(MIH-tuh-gate)

vb. to make or become less severe; to lesson pain or damage

The word mite can be spelled from mitigate. Mites are small.

9

mollify

(MOL-uh-fie)

vb. to pacify, soothe, or appease; to make less severe or violent

  • mollify rhymes with pacify

10

pacify

(PA-suh-fie)

vb. to calm; to make peaceful

  • think of the pacific ocean as peaceful and calm

11

placate

(PLAY-kate)

vb. to make calm; to soothe

  • placate sounds almost the same as placid

12

quell

(KWELL)

vb. to pacify; to subdue; to quiet down

  • the first three letters of quell is the same as three letters of quiet

13

affable

(AF-uh-bul)

adj. easy to talk to; friendly

14

amiable

(AY-mee-uh-bul)

adj. friendly; kind

  • latin root word is amicus meaning friend or friendly

15

amicable

(A-mih-kuh-bul)

adj. showing goodwill; peaceable

  • latin root word amicus means friend or friendly

16

congenial

(kun-JEE-nee-yul)

adj. compatible; sympathetic

17

convival

(kun-VIV-yuhl)

adj. sociable; outgoing in a festive way

  • vitalty is lively

18

cordial

(CORE-juhl)

adj. warm and friendly

  • core can be considered as the center of the heart

19

gregarious

(gri-GEHR-ee-us)

adj. sociable, outgoing

  • latin root word gregis means herd or group

20

jocular

(JAH-kyuh-lur)

adj. liking to be with people, joke around with them, and have fun

  • jocular = joking personality

21

levity

(LEH-vuh-tee)

n. lightheartedness; carefree disposition sometimes when not appropriate

  • levity is the opposite of gravity

22

animosity

(a-nuh-MAH-suh-tee)

n. hatred; ill will

23

antagonism

(an-TA-guh-nih-zum)

n. hatred or hostality

  • think of an antagonist in a story

24

bellicose

(BEH-lih-kose)

adj. of a quarrelsome nature; eager to fight

  • bellum in latin means war

25

belligerent

(buh-LIJ-runt)

adj. taking part in war or fighting; ready to fight

  • bellum in latin means war

26

cantankerous

(kan-TANG-kuh-rus)

adj. bad-tempered or irritable; quarrelsome

27

captious

(CAP-shus)

adj. marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections

28

contentious

(kun-TEN-shus)

adj. quarrelsome

  • the opposite of content

29

disputatious

(dis-pyuh-TAY-shus)

adj. likely to dispute or argue

  • think of disputes

30

Polemical

(puh-LEH-mih-kul)

adj. inclined to argue or debate

  • when someone hits you on the head with a pole, you are most likely to argue with them