American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief. See Synonyms at relieve.
- v. To satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
- v. To pacify or calm: assuage their chronic insecurity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To soften, in a figurative sense; allay; mitigate, ease, or lessen, as pain or grief; moderate; appease or pacify, as passion or tumult.
- Synonyms Alleviate, Relieve, Mitigate, etc. (see alleviate); to appease, mollify, temper (see lists under alleviate and allay).
- To abate or subside; grow less: as, “let thin hert assuage,” Gower; “the waters asswaged,”
- v. transitive To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
- v. transitive To pacify or soothe (someone).
- v. intransitive (obsolete) To calm down, become less violent (of passion, hunger etc.); to subside, to abate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. Archaic To abate or subside.
- v. satisfy (thirst)
- v. provide physical relief, as from pain
- v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
- Middle English aswagen, from Old French assouagier "appease, calm", from Vulgar Latin assuaviare, derived from Latin ad- "ad-" + suavis "sweet". (Wiktionary)
- Middle English asswagen, from Old French assuagier, from Vulgar Latin *assuāviāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin suāvis, sweet, delightful; see swād- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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