V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to soothe or relieve discomfort, worry, or anything unpleasant; 2. to relieve or satisfy a need

Synonyms: ease, relieve, pacify, quench, quiet, soothe, alleviate, mitigate, appease

Antonyms: aggravate, exacerbate

Tips: Assuage comes ultimately from the Latin ad and suavis, which means "sweet." Thus, assuage means "to sweeten" or "improve something distasteful, painful, or unpleasant." Think of how you can assuage (relieve) your hunger by eating something sweet. Think of how you can assuage (allay, lesson) someone's anger or irritation by acting sweetly. For a memory trick, note how assuage sounds like "a wage." Now think of how a wage increase would help assuage (allay, relieve) a person's monetary concerns.

Usage Examples:

When I was a child, nothing could assuage my fear of thunderstorms except to crawl into bed with my parents. (alleviate, soothe)

After the soccer game, the players assuaged their thirst with a sports drink. (satisfied, alleviated)

My mother tried to assuage my worries, but I would not be pacified until my father came home. (relieve, pacify)

His apologies did nothing to assuage my anger. (ease, soothe, appease)

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