- 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
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Examples from the Web for assuaging
Whatever happens, I have at least this assuaging secret message from my son.The Prairie Child
All three assuaging their thirst in the lake, so to speak, made it at last turn into a pool.The Gtakaml
Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame?Thoughts for the Quiet Hour
One invents arts for assuaging it—of which some work better than others.The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II
He is devoted to the assuaging of human miseries, and he has had much to do.The Heavenly Father
- to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
- to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
- to pacify; calm
Word Origin and History for assuaging
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.