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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
This time, Republican leaders are trying to assuage him with a single hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.
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Brown, to his credit, assuages some of that concern through effort and confidence alone.
But the pending audit did not assuage concerns that the department is overfunded.
In response, educators, principals, parents, and NGOs across Mexico City are exchanging materials on how to talk about the quake with their children, how to assuage fears – and how to get back to work.
To assuage criticism about that lack of transparency, Google made public its guidelines for search quality in 2013.
Sharpe had to try to assuage that helpless feeling.
This would assuage the desire of Arab countries to acquire their own nuclear programs, helping to keep the peace.
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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.
Synonymsallay, alleviate, help, ease, mitigate, mollify, palliate, relieve, soothe
Related Wordsabate, lighten, moderate, soften, temper; cure, heal, remedy; amend, correct, emend, fix, mend, rectify, reform, repair; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine
Near Antonymsharm, hurt, impair, injure; heighten, intensify, sharpen
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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