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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
For that reason, bankers are seen as reluctant to let the sale be canceled, although an IPO of the chip unit or other means of fundraising might assuage their concerns.
If there was any lingering concern about Soler’s offensive improvements, his performance in Sunday’s game against his former team should help to assuage the doubt.
Since the 1980s, energy companies and even the U.S. government have pointed to coal gasification technology as the panacea that would save the coal industry, produce jobs, revive communities and assuage environmental concerns.
His nomination followed recommendations by former secretaries of state Bob Gates and Condoleezza Rice and seemed to assuage nervousness within foreign policy circles about how the tweet-happy Trump would handle foreign affairs.
His nomination by Trump followed recommendations by former secretaries of state Bob Gates and Condoleezza Rice and seemed to assuage some nerves about how a president with no experience in public office would handle foreign affairs.
Marek Hamsik has assuaged fears over his Napoli future and says that his only goal is to bring the Serie A title back to the Stadio San Paolo for the first time since 1990.
Funny, really, that Marianne Elliott’s National Theatre production opened Sunday night at the Neil Simon Theatre, a Broadway venue named for the act of laughing to assuage pain.
Toensing has asked her clients to sign waivers regarding the conflicts, CNN is told by one person familiar with the matter, but that may not be sufficient to assuage the concerns.
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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
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
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