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

And just as tears help to an assuaging of grief, so in a sense laughter makes an end of mirth.
Irish Books and Irish People Stephen Gwynn

Whatever happens, I have at least this assuaging secret message from my son.
The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer

All three assuaging their thirst in the lake, so to speak, made it at last turn into a pool.
The Gtakaml rya Sra

Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame?
Thoughts for the Quiet Hour Various

What malevolent power forced him to be the cause of this sorrow and yet forbade him the privilege of assuaging it?
The Spell William Dana Orcutt

He is devoted to the assuaging of human miseries, and he has had much to do.
The Heavenly Father Ernest Naville

What a soft, soothing, assuaging contrast with the difficult Lois, so imperious and egoistic!
The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett

Let us hope that such headgear may have some assuaging effect on the departed spirits of husbands.
Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope

The pain was paramount; and after assuaging it, I turned my eyes once more towards the cliff.
The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid

She leaned forward out of the little window with a feeling of assuaging horror.
The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann

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

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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