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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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  • Chaucer does not endeavour to console him; he knows the only assuagement for such sorrows, and leads him on to speak of the dead.

  • It seemed to her that there could be no assuagement of his misery—that he were better dead.

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

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • It not only responded to the ache she felt within herself, but gave a promise of assuagement.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • This channel for the assuagement of his anxieties was closed.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • They witnessed the fever raging in his blood—the fever that clamored for assuagement from her.

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

  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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