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[uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh] /əˈsweɪdʒ, əˈsweɪʒ/
verb (used with object), assuaged, assuaging.
to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate:
to assuage one's grief; to assuage one's pain.
to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve:
to assuage one's hunger.
to soothe, calm, or mollify:
to assuage his fears; to assuage her anger.
Origin of assuage
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)
Related forms
assuagement, noun
assuager, noun
unassuaged, adjective
unassuaging, adjective
1. alleviate, lessen.
intensify. Unabridged
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  • What will mortals not do, to what lengths have men not gone, to assuage the pangs of hunger?

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • But his well-meant attempt to assuage the stricken creature's wo was futile.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Louis said every thing that cheering anticipations could devise, to assuage this impatience.

  • It was Roger's first experience in trying to assuage the grief of any one else.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • The agitation of his grief began to assuage and he could now listen calmly and without emotion to her words.

    Within the Temple of Isis Belle M. Wagner
British Dictionary definitions for assuage


verb (transitive)
to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
to pacify; calm
Derived Forms
assuagement, noun
assuager, noun
assuasive (əˈsweɪsɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French assouagier, from Vulgar Latin assuāviāre (unattested) to sweeten, from Latin suāvis pleasant; see suave
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Word Origin and History for assuage

c.1300, from Anglo-French assuager, Old French assoagier "soften, moderate, alleviate, calm, soothe, pacify," from Vulgar Latin *adsuaviare, from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + suavis "sweet, agreeable" (see sweet). For sound development in French, cf. deluge from Latin diluvium, abridge from abbreviare. Related: Assuaged; assuaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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