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assuage

[uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh]
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verb (used with object), as·suaged, as·suag·ing.
  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.
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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 formsas·suage·ment, nounas·suag·er, nounun·as·suaged, adjectiveun·as·suag·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. alleviate, lessen.

Antonyms

intensify.
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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for assuagement

assuage

verb (tr)
  1. to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
  2. to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
  3. to pacify; calm
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Derived Formsassuagement, nounassuager, nounassuasive (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

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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