assuage

[uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh]
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.

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 for assuage

Antonyms for assuage

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Examples from the Web for assuaging

Historical Examples of assuaging

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for assuaging

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
Derived Formsassuagement, nounassuager, nounassuasive (əˈsweɪsɪv), adjective

Word Origin for assuage

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

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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