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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 assuages

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Four Arthurian Romances

    Chretien DeTroyes

  • 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.

  • But even this suffering is sweet to him: for Love, who conducts and leads him on, assuages and relieves the pain.

    Four Arthurian Romances

    Chretien DeTroyes


British Dictionary definitions for assuages

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 assuages

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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