Word of the day

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assuage (verb) – 1. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe.
2. To satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
3. To appease or calm.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 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.) To assuage is to sweeten or make agreeable or tolerable, and it is far from the only English word for relieving or softening something difficult. Others include allay, alleviate, and mitigate. Allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms, while alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress. Mitigate suggests moderating or countering the force or intensity of something painful.

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