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[uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh] /əˈsweɪdʒ, əˈsweɪʒ/
verb (used with object), assuaged, assuaging.
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
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
1. alleviate, lessen.
intensify. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for assuagement
Historical Examples
  • 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 Waldron Baily
  • It seemed to her that there could be no assuagement of his misery—that he were better dead.

    When the Cock Crows Waldron Baily
  • The assuagement is still incomplete when our Judiths arrive.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • This channel for the assuagement of his anxieties was closed.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • Tom was not one who, in a hot moment, for the assuagement of his wrath, would bang down his fist and consign himself to a purpose.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • Violently will my breast then heave; violently will it blow its storm over the mountains: thus cometh its assuagement.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The one assuagement for the pain in her own heart seemed to be the alleviation of the pain in other hearts.

    A Manifest Destiny Julia Magruder
  • From it she had expected not only realization for him, but assuagement of longing for herself; and the latter hadn't come.

  • The night was passed in great anguish, and the morrow's light brought no assuagement of her pain.

British Dictionary definitions for assuagement


verb (transitive)
to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
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 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.

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