assuage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assuage provide physical relief, as from pain "This pill will relieve your headaches"
    • v assuage satisfy (thirst) "The cold water quenched his thirst"
    • v assuage cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Assuage To abate or subside. "The waters assuaged .""The plague being come to a crisis, its fury began to assuage ."
    • v. t Assuage To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult; to satisfy, as appetite or desire. "Refreshing winds the summer's heat assuage .""To assuage the sorrows of a desolate old man""The fount at which the panting mind assuages Her thirst of knowledge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assuage To soften, in a figurative sense; allay; mitigate, ease, or lessen, as pain or grief; moderate; appease or pacify, as passion or tumult.
    • assuage Synonyms Alleviate, Relieve, Mitigate, etc. (see alleviate); to appease, mollify, temper (see lists under alleviate and allay).
    • assuage To abate or subside; grow less: as, “let thin hert assuage,” Gower; “the waters asswaged,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Assuage as-swāj′ to soften, mitigate, or allay
    • v.i Assuage to abate or subside: to diminish
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Quotations

  • Charles de Secondat
    Charles de Secondat
    “I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.”
  • Lyster
    Lyster
    “For the memory of love is sweet, though the love itself were in vain. And what I have lost of pleasure, assuage what I find of pain.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. asuagen, aswagen, OF. asoagier, asuagier, fr. assouagier, fr. L. ad, + suavis, sweet. See Sweet

Usage

In literature:

A flask of good Rhenish will soften and assuage thy humours.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Time, however, that great comforter in ordinary, began to assuage the violence of my suffering, and to-numb my feeling of them.
"Memoirs Of Fanny Hill" by John Cleland
She leaned forward out of the little window with a feeling of assuaging horror.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He had eaten almost ravenously, and assuaged the great thirst from which he had suffered.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
But that does little to assuage grief of WORTHINGTON-EVANS.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 24, 1914" by Various
Such a snake as that would require all the wood-mice on Ringwaak to assuage his appetite.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Harlan might have explained that the stock had been suffering in the crowded enclosure, thus assuaging Haydon's wrath.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Not a word of consolation could he adduce that had the power to assuage grief so deep as this.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
Familiarly said of having a meal to assuage hunger; to be silenced.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Upon Ilithyia withdrawing, Alcmena's pains are assuaged, and Hercules is born.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
But the pain would not be assuaged by the anger.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The topaz cured and prevented lunacy, increased riches, assuaged anger and sorrow, and averted sudden death.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
But what could I say to assuage it?
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
They, the two men, were granted the relief of tears, but Madame Dupre's silent agony could not be assuaged.
"Studies in love and in terror" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
The immediate pangs of hunger being assuaged, I craved tea.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
He knew the extreme grief he must inflict upon Lucy, and he knew that words could not assuage it.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
Then he removed the gag from the sufferer's mouth, and poured a glass of water down his throat, which temporarily assuaged his agony.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
The pain was assuaged.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
Coitus without object, like that of prostitution, can only assuage the sexual appetite and does not satisfy any of its higher irradiations.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
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In poetry:

The volume of my Father's grace
Does all my griefs assuage;
Here I behold my Savior's face
Almost in every page.
"Hymn 119" by Isaac Watts
All day has the battle raged,
All day have the ships engaged,
But not yet is assuaged
The vengeance of Eric the Earl.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XXI. -- King Olaf's Deat" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Doubtless some secret virtue lies
Beneath thy pale blue flower,
Some soft assuaging balm is thine,
To solace and to cure.
"Sent To A Friend With A Wild Flower, Called "The Simpler's Joy"" by Caroline Fry
It grew for those who bend their way,
With heavy steps and slow,
In search of something to assuage
Their own or others' woe.
"Sent To A Friend With A Wild Flower, Called "The Simpler's Joy"" by Caroline Fry
Madness by nature reigns within,
The passions burn and rage,
Till God's own Son, with skill divine,
The inward fire assuage.
"Hymn 153" by Isaac Watts
Has not the hand of some kind friend
Assuaged your troubl'd breast?
Has no one offered to defend,
Or aid you when distress'd?
"Friendship" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

Groupon tries to assuage Congress on mobile privacy.
The Esquire fashion director will now assuage your fears when cleaning knits that can't go in the washing machine (hint: it involves your freezer).
Egger addressed some of the concerns — read: admitting changes are coming in the coming few months and trying to assuage the stress in the short term and soliciting staff questions— in a memo sent to staff today.
President Bush appeared on the U.S.-sponsored Arab television channel Al- Hurra on Wednesday in an effort to assuage the clamor over published photos depicting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers.
The people who want to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air aren't assuaged or persuaded by his apology over the weekend.
It's an issue that Senator John Valentine says he may be able to assuage.
Egger addressed some of the concerns — read: admitting changes are coming in the coming few months and trying to assuage the stress in the short term and soliciting staff questions— in a memo sent to staff today.
Yet Coker 's popularity with current players, coupled with his unquestioned offensive savvy, assuaged almost everyone who had committed to UM.
Ever since his three-interception first quarter at Atlanta in Week 2, Peyton Manning has assuaged any doubts about his comeback, any leftover concerns about his arm strength and remaining misgivings about his surgically repaired neck.
(AP) — Ever since his three-interception first quarter at Atlanta in Week 2, Peyton Manning has assuaged any doubts about his comeback, any leftover concerns about his arm strength and remaining misgivings about his surgically repaired neck.
Egypt's Morsi backs off decree , but fails to assuage protesters (+video).
For example, a bill would require companies to notify the FDA in advance about anything that might cause a shortage and give the agency new powers to try to assuage them.
In a state where things don't seem to be getting better, the president has not been able to assuage voters' anger and disappointment.
All roof leaks must be promptly reported and repaired, not assuaged by using a larger bucket.
Rather than assuage worry, the letter appears to have churned parental anger.
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In science:

To assuage any possible curiosity we already list the maximal dimensions together with their computations for the five exceptional types.
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
It has been observed here how a discriminant factorisation property can assuage the apparent awkwardness associated with the multi-valued evolution of multi-quadratic discrete models.
A multidimensionally consistent version of Hirota's discrete KdV equation
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