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assuage

[uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh] /əˈsweɪdʒ, əˈsweɪʒ/
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
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
Synonyms
1. alleviate, lessen.
Antonyms
intensify.
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  • It also agreed to make its secret source code available to some governments in order to assuage security concerns.
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  • The trial results might also assuage safety concerns.
  • Maybe writing about him would assuage some of the loneliness.
  • In their decision last night, finance ministers tried to assuage the markets.
  • That fact does nothing to assuage grief or diminish the crime.
  • To assuage the fears of donors, the university has hired two computer-forensics companies to investigate the attack.
  • Even that might not make a big difference, but it helps assuage the feelings.
  • This helped assuage any ethical concerns that I had.
British Dictionary definitions for assuage

assuage

/əˈsweɪdʒ/
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
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
v.

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.

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