- 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 assuagement
Yours will be a great, consuming passion that knows no limit, no assuagement.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
They witnessed the fever raging in his blood—the fever that clamored for assuagement from her.Heart of the Blue Ridge
It seemed to her that there could be no assuagement of his misery—that he were better dead.When the Cock Crows
The assuagement is still incomplete when our Judiths arrive.The French Revolution
This channel for the assuagement of his anxieties was closed.Halcyone
- to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
- to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
- to pacify; calm
Word Origin and History for assuagement
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.