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assuage

verb as·suage \ə-ˈswāj also -ˈswāzh or -ˈswäzh\

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

as·suagedas·suag·ing

Full Definition of ASSUAGE

transitive verb
1
:  to lessen the intensity of (something that pains or distresses) :  ease <unable to assuage their grief>
2
:  pacify, quiet <vainly strove … to assuage an implacable foe — Edward Gibbon>
3
:  to put an end to by satisfying :  appease, quench <assuaging his thirst>
as·suage·ment \-mənt\ noun
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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

Synonym Discussion of ASSUAGE

relieve, alleviate, lighten, assuage, mitigate, allay mean to make something less grievous. relieve implies a lifting of enough of a burden to make it tolerable <took an aspirin to relieve the pain>. alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress <the lotion alleviated the itching>. lighten implies reducing a burdensome or depressing weight <good news would lighten our worries>. assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable <ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat>. mitigate suggests a moderating or countering of the effect of something violent or painful <the need to mitigate barbaric laws>. allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms <allayed their fears>.
ASSUAGED Defined for Kids

assuage

verb as·suage \ə-ˈswāj\
as·suagedas·suag·ing

Definition of ASSUAGE for Kids

:  to make less severe or intense <assuage pain> <assuaged her grief>

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