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Examples of assuage in a Sentence
- 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
Recent Examples of assuage from the Web
The strongest part of Texas’s 2018 in-state haul is its defensive backs, which should assuage concerns with the back end of the defense following the departures of cornerback Holton Hill and safety DeShon Elliott for the NFL draft.
In his address on Tuesday night, Trump isn’t likely to assuage concerns about the worsening state of our air and water.
On the Senate floor Monday, Lara said his legislation would help assuage the fears of hardworking immigrant parents dropping off their children at school, serving as court witnesses or paying their traffic tickets.
Letters bore the burdens not just of keeping in touch and expressing affection but also of assuaging fear about loved ones’ well-being.
After hours of hair-raising uncertainty, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges is back online and seeking to assuage worried users.
European countries could assuage Mr Trump by working to counter Iran’s meddling in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
The creamy formula contains white mushroom extract to soothe swelling, redness, and itchiness, as well as arnica, which assuages inflammation almost instantly.
The results should assuage concerns that the faster online sales growth will lead to a similar uptick in returns.
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assuage Stays Sweet Over Time
Scholars assume that the word assuage derives from assuaviare, a Vulgar Latin term that combines the prefix ad- (to or toward) and the Latin suavis, meaning "sweet," pleasant, or agreeable. (Suavis is also the source of the adjective suave.) To assuage is to sweeten or make agreeable or tolerable, and it is far from the only English word for relieving or softening something difficult. Others include allay, alleviate, and mitigate. Allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms, while alleviate implies a temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress. Mitigate suggests moderating or countering the force or intensity of something painful.
Synonym Discussion of assuage
- took an aspirin to relieve the pain
- the lotion alleviated the itching
- good news would lighten our worries
- ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
- the need to mitigate barbaric laws
- allayed their fears
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