AskDefine | Define assuage

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1 cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer" [syn: pacify, lenify, conciliate, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntle]
2 satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst" [syn: quench, slake, allay]
3 provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches" [syn: relieve, alleviate, palliate]

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


  • /əˈsweɪdʒ/, /@"sweIdZ/
  • Hyphenation: as·suage
    Rhymes: -eɪʤ


  1. 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. To pacify or soothe (someone).
  3. To calm down, become less violent (of passion, hunger etc.); to subside, to abate.

Derived terms


mitigate, relieve


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abate, adjust to, allay, alleviate, alter, anesthetize, appease, attemper, bank the fire, benumb, blunt, box in, chasten, circumscribe, condition, constrain, control, cushion, damp, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, deaden the pain, diminish, downplay, dull, ease, ease matters, extenuate, feast, feed, foment, give relief, gratify, hedge, hedge about, keep within bounds, lay, leaven, lenify, lessen, lighten, limit, lull, mitigate, moderate, modify, modulate, mollify, narrow, numb, obtund, pad, palliate, play down, poultice, pour balm into, pour oil on, qualify, quench, reduce, reduce the temperature, regale, regulate by, relieve, restrain, restrict, salve, sate, satiate, satisfy, season, set conditions, set limits, slacken, slake, slow down, smother, sober, sober down, soften, soothe, stifle, stupe, subdue, suppress, tame, temper, tone down, tune down, underplay, weaken
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