- 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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Related Wordscomplaining, displeased, disappointed, bothered, offended, jaundiced, disaffected, grumbling, frustrated, annoyed, disgruntled, sniveling, vexed, begrudging, grudging, griping, irked, fretting, crabby, critical
Examples from the Web for unassuaged
In these dark hours there was no place in her heart for aught but unassuaged grief.Dust of the Desert
Robert Welles Ritchie
But Nature did not achieve the task that Mr. Balfour had attempted; and my anguish was unassuaged.Seven Men
It was the culmination after a year of misery and unassuaged grieving for her loss.Halcyone
An unassuaged longing may serve to preserve youth as well as an undestroyed illusion; indeed, the two are one.The Portion of Labor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
His thirst is unassuaged; his taste for enterprises foredoomed to failure is incurable.Mental Efficiency
- to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
- to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
- to pacify; calm
Word Origin and History for unassuaged
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.