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assuage

[uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh] /əˈsweɪdʒ, əˈsweɪʒ/
verb (used with object), assuaged, assuaging.
1.
to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate:
to assuage one's grief; to assuage one's pain.
2.
to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve:
to assuage one's hunger.
3.
to soothe, calm, or mollify:
to assuage his fears; to assuage her anger.
Origin of assuage
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English aswagen < Old French asouagier < Vulgar Latin *assuāviāre, equivalent to Latin as- as- + -suāviāre, verbal derivative of Latin suāvis agreeable to the taste, pleasant (cf. suave; akin to sweet)
Related forms
assuagement, noun
assuager, noun
unassuaged, adjective
unassuaging, adjective
Synonyms
1. alleviate, lessen.
Antonyms
intensify.
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  • What will mortals not do, to what lengths have men not gone, to assuage the pangs of hunger?

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • But they could not assuage one torturing pain, or prolong his life for a second!

  • Louis said every thing that cheering anticipations could devise, to assuage this impatience.

  • And it was all the sharper because I did not know how or where I could assuage it.

    The Friendly Road (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
  • The agitation of his grief began to assuage and he could now listen calmly and without emotion to her words.

    Within the Temple of Isis Belle M. Wagner
British Dictionary definitions for assuage

assuage

/əˈsweɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
2.
to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
3.
to pacify; calm
Derived Forms
assuagement, noun
assuager, noun
assuasive (əˈsweɪsɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French assouagier, from Vulgar Latin assuāviāre (unattested) to sweeten, from Latin suāvis pleasant; see suave
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Word Origin and History for assuage
v.

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.

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