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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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Examples from the Web for assuages
Historical Examples
  • And to the end the foresight which guards will be as true a friend to the soldier as the kindness which assuages his pains.

  • Their money cannot buy all they enjoy, and God knows how much of their sorrow it assuages.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • This word alone sustains and nourishes her, and assuages all her pain.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • It assuages and comforts beyond measure for the sufferer to know that he does not suffer alone, but with a great multitude.

  • But even this suffering is sweet to him: for Love, who conducts and leads him on, assuages and relieves the pain.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • It is that which assuages the grief of a soldier for a dead comrade, or soon ousts it altogether from his mind.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
  • Patience is often displeasing, but it assuages heavy hearts, and quenches malice.

British Dictionary definitions for assuages


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 assuages



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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