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Sunday, May 23, 1999

Definitions for assuage

  1. To make milder or less severe; to reduce the intensity of; to ease; to relieve.
  2. To appease; to satisfy.
  3. To soothe or calm; to pacify.

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Citations for assuage
His generosity toward a group of young graffiti writers was, perhaps, one way to assuage his guilt. Phoebe Hoban, Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art
Even with the requirement of lay review boards, the code will fail to assuage concerns of the church's most vocal critics that the unseemly methods of the past won't repeat themselves. , Chicago Sun-Times
Origin of assuage
Assuage comes from Latin ad + suavis, "sweet".
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