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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

slake

\sleyk\ , verb;
1.
to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying.
2.
to make less active, vigorous, intense, etc.: His calm manner slaked their enthusiasm.
3.
to cause disintegration of (lime) by treatment with water.
Quotes:
My companions never drink pure water and the manioc beer serves as much to slake their thirst as to fill their stomachs and lubricate conversation.
-- Philippe Descola, The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle, 1996
She had the money he gave her (never enough to slake her anxieties).
-- Nuala O'Faolain, Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, 1996
Origin:
Slake comes from Middle English slaken, "to become or render slack," hence "to abate," from Old English slacian, from slæc, "slack."
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