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From Middle English aswagen, from Old French asuagier (to appease, to calm), from Vulgar Latin *assuaviō (I sweeten, I 'butter up', I calm), derived from Latin ad- + suavis (sweet) + .


  • IPA(key): /əˈsweɪdʒ/
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  • Hyphenation: as‧suage
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ


assuage (third-person singular simple present assuages, present participle assuaging, simple past and past participle assuaged)

  1. (transitive) To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
    • 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
      Refreshing winds the summer's heat assuage.
    • 1796, Edmund Burke, a letter to a noble lord
      to assuage the sorrows of a desolate old man
    • 181, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. , London: John Murray,, canto 3, stanza 110:
      the fount at which the panting mind assuages / her thirst of knowledge
    • 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. (transitive) To pacify or soothe (someone).
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To calm down, become less violent (of passion, hunger etc.); to subside, to abate.

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Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of aswagen