To make something painful or bothersome less intense or severe; to satisfy or appease; to pacify and calm.
This useful verb is derived from the Anglo-French assoagier meaning to soften, moderate, alleviate, calm, soothe and pacify. In turn, the Anglo-French verb stems from the Vulgar Latin (as opposed to Literary Latin) compound word adsuaviare made of the affix –ad– which means ‘to’ and suavis standing for ‘sweet’, thus to sweeten.
Why this word?
Assuage is an amazingly useful verb as you can use it in so many different contexts. Anything negative you can think of can (and should be) assuaged!
How to use assuage?
In so many ways!
“I can’t go on! I desperately need to assuage my thirst and hunger… “
“David, thank you so much for being with me and assuaging my pain. It means the world for me…”
“Dana, could you please assuage the baby? He has been crying for an hour! “