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assuage

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Etymology

Middle English aswagen, from Old French assouagier "appease, calm", from Vulgar Latin assuaviare, derived from Latin ad- "ad-" + suavis "sweet".

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to assuage

Third person singular
assuag

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to assuage (third-person singular simple present assuag, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
    • 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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References

  • "assuage" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

assuage” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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