assuagement

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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