Complete Definition of "assuage"

was wotd|2006|September|29
English

Alternative spellings
ib|obsolete asswage

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

Pronunciation
IPA|/ÉËsweɪdÊ/, SAMPA|/@"sweIdZ/
audio|en-us-assuage.ogg|Audio (US)
:Hyphenation: as·suage
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪdÊ|-eɪʤ

Verb
en-verb|assuag|ing

  1. transitive 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

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

Derived terms
assuagement
assuager

Translations
trans-top|mitigate, relieve
French: assouvir, soulager, apaiser
Old English: liehtan
trans-mid
Scots: dill, mease, suage (hunger, thirst)
Spanish: calmar (feelings), aliviar (pain), mitigar (passion), satisfacer (desire)
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trans-top|pacify
French: apaiser, calmer
German: besänftigen, beschwichtigen
Old English: aswebban|Äswebban, stillan, þyllan
trans-mid
Scots: mease, cowshin
Spanish: apaciguar, sosegar
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Japanese: åãããï¼ããããã, yawarageruï¼
ttbc|Kurdish: t|ku|arimandin, t|ku|hedirandin, t|ku|hêwirandin, t|ku|aram kirin, t|ku|tebitandin
ttbc|Portuguese: acalmar

References
R:Century 1911
R:Webster 1913

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