Definition of assuage
assuagementplay \-mənt\ noun
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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
So Bodegas Torres is regrowing these ancestral vines to assuage the wine industry’s looming climate-change crisis.
The move assuaged concerns among some traders worried that the Fed has been moving too quickly to raise interest rates despite a slowdown in inflation and the U.S. economy's sluggish growth of just 1.4 percent in the first quarter.
To deal with the natural gas shortage (and to assuage fears of future shortages), California regulators mandated that power companies start building a certain amount of battery storage in their grids.
Neino spent his 10-day vacation hunched over his laptop in the hotel room, talking to security agencies, assuaging the media, managing his researchers and maintaining the kill switch.
Still, just having two bodies in the same room may not assuage loneliness either.
His remarks did little to assuage Councilman Cary Moon, who has real estate experience from his own businesses and voted against approving the additional money.
Concerned followers even questioned his sobriety, given the unusual proclamations — but Musk took the time to respond and assuage concerns about his state of health.
This might assuage some senators' concerns that the bill won't protect individuals with pre-existing conditions.
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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
ASSUAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of assuage for English Language Learners
: to make (something, such as an unpleasant feeling) less painful, severe, etc.
ASSUAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of assuage for Students
: to make less severe or intense assuage pain assuaged her grief
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