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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 unassuaged

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Max Beerbohm

  • It was the culmination after a year of misery and unassuaged grieving for her loss.

    Halcyone

    Elinor Glyn

  • 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

    Arnold Bennett


British Dictionary definitions for unassuaged

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 unassuaged

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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