Simple Definition of assuage
: to make (something, such as an unpleasant feeling) less painful, severe, etc.
Full Definition of assuage
Examples of assuage
Life contains sorrows that cannot be assuaged, and it is important to be honest in acknowledging this. —Jo McGowan, Commonweal, 5 May 2006
But for the second exam, my pretest diet included yogurt and ice cream (without pieces), which assuaged my hunger, and the cleansing was stimulated by a glass of salty liquid midafternoon. —Jane E. Brody, New York Times, 12 July 2005
Whatever arrangements such mothers willingly make for their children, whatever strategies they employ to relieve their guilt, whatever books they read to assuage their anxiety—all of that is their business, not mine. —Caitlin Flanagan, Atlantic, March 2004
As I've told Jody on numerous occasions, the best way for her to assuage my guilt is to hit it big in the Internet gold rush and then retire … —Matthew Miller, New Republic, 17 Jan. 2000
He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
<a mother cooing to her toddler and assuaging his fear of the dark>
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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Rhymes with assuage
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ASSUAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of assuage
: to make less severe or intense <assuage pain> <assuaged her grief>
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