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 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 After four revisions to assuage some of those concerns, HB98 has now passed. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Legislative session ends as governor praises many ‘good bills’ that passed and many ‘terrible bills’ that didn’t," 5 Mar. 2021 His personal experience has given him the empathy needed to assuage the hunger for reassurance in the face of existential threat, for consolation in the face of mass death, for resilience in the face of economic anxiety. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "To Hell with Unity," 2 Mar. 2021 This should also assuage the fears of organizations that may have security concerns about low-code platforms. Manisha Arora, Forbes, "How Organizations Can Embrace Citizen Developers," 27 Feb. 2021 In an effort to assuage my ongoing identity crisis, my fiancé and I initially declared our wedding would be eccentric, low-key, and, above all, fun! Lacy Warner, Vogue, "Why Eloping Is the Best Choice I Could Have Made for My Marriage," 25 Feb. 2021 While educators were thrust to the front of the vaccination line, the move has done little to assuage the trepidation some Portland-area teachers feel in returning to the classroom. oregonlive, "Some Oregon school districts let top administrators, office employees who don’t work with children sign up for vaccine appointments," 19 Feb. 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 17 Apr. 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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