verb \ə-ˈswāj also -ˈswāzh or -ˈswäzh\

: to make (something, such as an unpleasant feeling) less painful, severe, etc.


Full Definition of ASSUAGE

transitive verb
:  to lessen the intensity of (something that pains or distresses) :  ease <unable to assuage their grief>
:  pacify, quiet <vainly strove … to assuage an implacable foe — Edward Gibbon>
:  to put an end to by satisfying :  appease, quench <assuaging his thirst>
as·suage·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ASSUAGE

  1. He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
  2. <a mother cooing to her toddler and assuaging his fear of the dark>
  3. Life contains sorrows that cannot be assuaged, and it is important to be honest in acknowledging this. —Jo McGowan, Commonweal, 5 May 2006

Origin of ASSUAGE

Middle English aswagen, from Anglo-French asuager, from Vulgar Latin *assuaviare, from Latin ad- + suavis sweet — more at sweet
First Known Use: 14th century


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