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assuage

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1 to make more bearable or less severe
  • a mother cooing to her toddler and assuaging his fear of the dark

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2 to put a complete end to (a physical need or desire)
  • that huge meal certainly assuaged my hunger

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3 to lessen the anger or agitation of
  • nothing would assuage the angry parent except the prompt dismissal of the teacher who had used corporal punishment without authorization

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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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“Assuage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/assuage. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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