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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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Examples from the Web for assuaging
Historical Examples
  • Whatever happens, I have at least this assuaging secret message from my son.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • All three assuaging their thirst in the lake, so to speak, made it at last turn into a pool.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame?

  • One invents arts for assuaging it—of which some work better than others.

  • He is devoted to the assuaging of human miseries, and he has had much to do.

    The Heavenly Father Ernest Naville
  • Let us hope that such headgear may have some assuaging effect on the departed spirits of husbands.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Her tones, her scarcely perceptible gesture of succour, produced the assuaging miracle.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • She leaned forward out of the little window with a feeling of assuaging horror.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • These two fellows have been successful, for they are assuaging the pangs of hunger by smoking their odds and ends.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • Let us to-day consider these two subjects: the sanitation of the nest and the method of assuaging the thirst of young nestlings.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for assuaging

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 assuaging

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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