Definition of assuage :
1. To abate or subside.
2. 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.
propitiate, slake, exempt, salvage, surfeit, ennoble, sweeten, facilitate, satiate, save, satisfy, remove, abate, numb, stay, free, unbosom, excuse, entitle, settle, extinguish, gruntle, disarm, take over, deaden, squelch, patch up, fill, extenuate, temper, quench, sate, blow out, salve, slack, kill, let off, snuff out, gentle, dulcify, lighten, increase, make up, accommodate, lenify, season, study at
alleviate (part of speech: verb)
pacify (part of speech: verb)
relieve (part of speech: verb)
calm (part of speech: verb)
- Ah, more to me than all men as thou art, Shall not my songs assuage her at the heart? - "Poems & Ballads (First Series)", Algernon Charles Swinburne.
- She tries to assuage, while envying them, the excessive enthusiasms of the younger. - "Cosmopolis, Complete", Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009.
- I felt that he must be at very low ebb, and all that I had seen of other people's sorrow had no power to assuage me. - "Erema My Father's Sin", R. D. Blackmore.