- 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
Examples from the Web for assuages
Their money cannot buy all they enjoy, and God knows how much of their sorrow it assuages.Balcony Stories
Grace E. King
This word alone sustains and nourishes her, and assuages all her pain.
And to the end the foresight which guards will be as true a friend to the soldier as the kindness which assuages his pains.
It assuages and comforts beyond measure for the sufferer to know that he does not suffer alone, but with a great multitude.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
But even this suffering is sweet to him: for Love, who conducts and leads him on, assuages and relieves the pain.
- to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
- to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
- to pacify; calm
Word Origin and History for assuages
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.