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EtymologyEdit

Middle English aswagen, from Old French asuagier (to appease, to calm), from Vulgar Latin *assuaviō (I sweeten, I 'butter up', I calm), derived from ad- + suavis (sweet) + .

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /əˈsweɪdʒ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: as‧suage
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ

VerbEdit

assuage (third-person singular simple present assuages, present participle assuaging, simple past and past participle assuaged)

  1. (transitive) To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
    • Addison
      Refreshing winds the summer's heat assuage.
    • Burke
      to assuage the sorrows of a desolate old man
    • Byron
      the fount at which the panting mind assuages / her thirst of knowledge
    • 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
      I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.
  2. (transitive) To pacify or soothe (someone).
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To calm down, become less violent (of passion, hunger etc.); to subside, to abate.

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assuage

  1. Alternative form of aswagen