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assuage (əˈsweɪdʒ Pronunciation for assuage


verb (transitive)

  1. to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
  2. to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
  3. to pacify; calm

Derived Forms

asˈsuagement noun
asˈsuager noun
assuasive (əˈsweɪsɪv Pronunciation for assuasive  adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French assouagier, from Vulgar Latin assuāviāre (unattested) to sweeten, from Latin suāvis pleasant; see suave

Example Sentences Including 'assuage'

Calling upon supporters to "relax a bit," Ridsdale attempted to assuage the doubters.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
China had sought to assuage these fears by sending out clear signals that it has `no aggressive designs '.
Samachar (2004)
He added that rebuilding its management team should "help to assuage some of those concerns.
Globe and Mail (2004)
Instead, in an effort to assuage her feelings of disloyalty, she said, `I could have been more supportive at times, couldn't I?
St. James, Ian Final Resort
Johnny cast around looking for another unexplored quarter to assuage his curiosity.
Salley Vickers MR GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAY (2003)
Nothing can assuage the mental drain a family suffers from when a loved one falls critically sick.
Business Today (2002)
She knew how to assuage that, how to fill that brooding expectation.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
That display of commitment helped to assuage any doubts Mr Kerry had about his loyalty.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Thus it works in the short-term to assuage any anxiety about mortality, and can even take the edge off grieving.
Peter Stanford HEAVEN: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country (2002)


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