- 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 assuaged
At least with a physical or mental ailment some guilt can be assuaged.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Will the twenty percenters be assuaged if Hillary accepts the job of Secretary of State?Will Secretary of State Be Enough for Hillary’s Army?
November 18, 2008
Her feelings might have been assuaged by a clean hearth and some acquiescence in her own mood.Tiverton Tales
So Mr. Croy showed he could qualify the humble hand that assuaged him.The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2
Next morning, however, this fever of fraternal suspense was assuaged.The Doctor's Family
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
She knew how easily his temper was assuaged, she knew the very words.In a Little Town
The grief of Antonina could only be assuaged by the sufferings of her son.
- to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
- to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
- to pacify; calm
Word Origin and History for assuaged
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.