assuage

verb
as·​suage | \ ə-ˈswāj How to pronounce assuage (audio) also -ˈswāzh or -ˈswäzh \
assuaged; assuaging

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

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assuagement \ ə-​ˈswāj-​mənt How to pronounce assuage (audio) also  -​ˈswāzh-​ or  -​ˈswäzh-​ \ noun

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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

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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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Tesla has tried to assuage officials in China by addressing the criticisms directly. Michelle Toh And Shanshan Wang, CNN, "Protesters upstage Tesla at China's top auto show," 21 Apr. 2021 After months of demand outstripping supply, vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are more readily available, and the Wolf administration said the challenge now is to assuage the concerns of people who are reluctant to get it. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Crowd record, ‘secret prom,’ demand drop: News from around our 50 states," 20 Apr. 2021 In nearby Greenville, the Rev. Thomas Morris uses his weekly Zoom sermons to assuage the concerns of vaccine skeptics — and then offers up church volunteers who book appointments for the flip phone set. New York Times, "‘All Hands on Deck’: When Vaccinating Black People Is a Communal Effort," 28 Mar. 2021 But public confidence rose as the government stepped up an awareness campaign to assuage concerns, and the vaccination program picked up speed. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "The world's biggest vaccine producer is out of Covid-19 vaccines, as second wave accelerates," 17 Apr. 2021 Chipman’s extensive contacts with groups that advocate greater regulation of firearms could assuage some of the complaints that the administration has been slow to move on gun issues. Los Angeles Times, "Biden to take executive actions to reduce gun violence," 7 Apr. 2021 But that same trauma has lingered in their lives in ways that a year of isolation, anxiety and fear has done nothing to assuage. Liam Stack, New York Times, "The Push to Vaccinate 20,000 Holocaust Survivors in New York," 1 Apr. 2021 To assuage doubters, Indonesia’s highest clerical body signed off on the vaccine as halal. Washington Post, "‘There’s no virus here’: An epic vaccine race against all odds in Indonesia," 24 Mar. 2021 His performance helped assuage Kaufman's foul trouble frustrations. Phillip Steinmetz, The Courier-Journal, "Silver Creek boys basketball survives against North Harrison, 44-41, advances to sectional championship," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of assuage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assuage

Middle English aswagen, from Anglo-French asuager, from Vulgar Latin *assuaviare, from Latin ad- + suavis sweet — more at sweet

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“Assuage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assuage. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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assuage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of assuage

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

assuage

verb
as·​suage | \ ə-ˈswāj How to pronounce assuage (audio) \
assuaged; assuaging

Kids Definition of assuage

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

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