Assuagement



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.
Historical Examples

Chaucer does not endeavour to console him; he knows the only assuagement for such sorrows, and leads him on to speak of the dead.
A Literary History of the English People Jean Jules Jusserand

It seemed to her that there could be no assuagement of his misery—that he were better dead.
When the Cock Crows Waldron Baily

Violently will my breast then heave; violently will it blow its storm over the mountains: thus cometh its assuagement.
Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche

The assuagement is still incomplete when our Judiths arrive.
The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle

It not only responded to the ache she felt within herself, but gave a promise of assuagement.
The Dust Flower Basil King

This channel for the assuagement of his anxieties was closed.
Halcyone Elinor Glyn

They witnessed the fever raging in his blood—the fever that clamored for assuagement from her.
Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily

Tom was not one who, in a hot moment, for the assuagement of his wrath, would bang down his fist and consign himself to a purpose.
The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott

The night was passed in great anguish, and the morrow’s light brought no assuagement of her pain.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

The one assuagement for the pain in her own heart seemed to be the alleviation of the pain in other hearts.
A Manifest Destiny Julia Magruder

verb (transitive)
to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
to pacify; calm
v.

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.

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