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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 unassuaged
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  • Lahiri Mahasaya's cheerful mood was incomprehensible; I was still in the unassuaged agony of bereavement.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • In these dark hours there was no place in her heart for aught but unassuaged grief.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • Still does it tear belated, unassuaged, In wreck about the Mind's aspiring fanes.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • It was the culmination after a year of misery and unassuaged grieving for her loss.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • Poor Miss Clinker's happy summer with her mother was being a good deal dimmed by her unassuaged sympathy and commiseration.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • An unassuaged longing may serve to preserve youth as well as an undestroyed illusion; indeed, the two are one.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • But Nature did not achieve the task that Mr. Balfour had attempted; and my anguish was unassuaged.

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
  • His thirst is unassuaged; his taste for enterprises foredoomed to failure is incurable.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for unassuaged


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 unassuaged



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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