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assuage

Syllabification: as·suage
Pronunciation: /əˈswāj
 
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Definition of assuage in English:

verb

[with object]
1Make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense: the letter assuaged the fears of most members
More example sentences
  • For some reason it's comforting to be able to really dislike him; it assuages the guilty feelings our envy produces.
  • Trying to assuage the ruffled feelings of the masses by conducting such events in situations of necessity may be fine.
  • The subsequent amendments were being proposed to assuage the feelings of industry.
Synonyms
relieve, ease, alleviate, soothe, mitigate, allay, palliate, abate, suppress, subdue;
moderate, lessen, diminish, reduce
1.1Satisfy (an appetite or desire): an opportunity occurred to assuage her desire for knowledge
More example sentences
  • Once the most serious hunger pangs were assuaged, Nicholas remembered his manners and his curiosity.
  • Our hunger was rapidly assuaged, and by the time we pushed our plates away, we were both full.
  • How else is he supposed to assuage England's desperate hunger for success if he cannot even get players together for a few days?
Synonyms
satisfy, gratify, appease, fulfill, indulge, relieve, slake, sate, satiate, quench, check

Origin

Middle English: from Old French assouagier, asouagier, based on Latin ad- 'to' (expressing change) + suavis 'sweet'.

Derivatives

assuagement

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain.
  • It is said that they are in flight from an insupportable nervous strain, from which they find temporary assuagement only in sleep.
  • When we fall in love we imagine we have found an ultimate assuagement of loneliness.

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