assuage

[uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh]
verb (used with object), assuaged, assuaging.
1.
to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one's grief; to assuage one's pain.
2.
to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve: to assuage one's hunger.
3.
to soothe, calm, or mollify: to assuage his fears; to assuage her anger.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English aswagen < Old French asouagier < Vulgar Latin *assuāviāre, equivalent to Latin as- as- + -suāviāre, verbal derivative of Latin suāvis agreeable to the taste, pleasant (cf. suave; akin to sweet)

assuagement, noun
assuager, noun
unassuaged, adjective
unassuaging, adjective


1. alleviate, lessen.


intensify.
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assuage (əˈsweɪdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
2.  to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
3.  to pacify; calm
 
[C14: from Old French assouagier, from Vulgar Latin assuāviāre (unattested) to sweeten, from Latin suāvis pleasant; see suave]
 
as'suagement
 
n
 
as'suager
 
n
 
assuasive
 
adj

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assuage
c.1300, from O.Fr. assouagier "alleviate, calm, soothe, pacify," from V.L. *adsuaviare, from L. ad- "to" + suavis "sweet, agreeable" (see sweet).
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Example sentences
It also agreed to make its secret source code available to some governments in
  order to assuage security concerns.
The authorities have agreed to hold the vote over one day instead of two, to
  assuage fears of manipulation.
To assuage security concerns, each watch is given its own serial number.
The trial results might also assuage safety concerns.
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