Answer: relieve
Word Origin Middle English: from Old French assouagier asouagier based on Latin ad- 'to' (expressing change) + suavis 'sweet'.
Scrabble Points: 8
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Scholars assume that the word assuage derives from assuaviare a Vulgar Latin term that combines the prefix ad- (to or toward) and the Latin suavis meaning "sweet " pleasant or agreeable. (Suavis is also the source of the adjective suave.)
Some common synonyms of assuage are allay alleviate lighten mitigate and relieve. While all these words mean "to make something less grievous " assuage implies softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable. ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat When might allay be a better fit than assuage?
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Assuage definition to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one's grief; to assuage one's pain. See more.·suaged as·suag·ing as·suag·es 1. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief. See Synonyms at relieve.
The most common things that we assuage are fears concer...