- to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one's grief; to assuage one's pain.
- to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve: to assuage one's hunger.
- to soothe, calm, or mollify: to assuage his fears; to assuage her anger.
Origin of assuage
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Examples from the Web for assuage
Needless to say, scheduling major events on the Jewish High Holidays does nothing to assuage those concerns.Klutzy Conservative Jewish Outreach at the Values Voter Summit
September 24, 2014
Paul sacrifices little with his base and can only assuage doubts among those concerned about his views on foreign policy.Rand Paul Attempts To Woo Neocons By Cutting Aid To Palestinians
April 28, 2014
Obama was not elected on the strength of crossover votes from Republicans seeking to assuage their guilt.Sorry, Michele Bachmann. We Are Ready for a Female President. And It’s Partially Because of You.
February 21, 2014
But the GOP could assuage that tension by promulgating a hard-core, Republican version of gay and straight marriage.How Can the Republicans Take Back the Majority?
November 9, 2012
Nursing helped to assuage injuries, fatigue, crankiness, and even sickness.The Bogus Breastfeeding Debate Over Nursing Older Kids
May 22, 2012
To assuage remorse, she sought to give evidence as to a prevalent sympathy.
But his well-meant attempt to assuage the stricken creature's wo was futile.
For a long while he was preoccupied by an intense desire to assuage it.A Spirit in Prison
Thus I assuage my conscience and justify the fun, the joy, the excitement, and the violence.Tales of Fishes
It was Roger's first experience in trying to assuage the grief of any one else.The Forbidden Trail
- to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
- to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
- to pacify; calm
Word Origin and History for assuage
c.1300, from Anglo-French assuager, Old French assoagier "soften, moderate, alleviate, calm, soothe, pacify," from Vulgar Latin *adsuaviare, from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + suavis "sweet, agreeable" (see sweet). For sound development in French, cf. deluge from Latin diluvium, abridge from abbreviare. Related: Assuaged; assuaging.