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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 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


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 assuaging



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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