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assuage

If you assuage an unpleasant feeling, you make it go away. Assuaging your hunger by eating a bag of marshmallows may cause you other unpleasant feelings.

The most common things that we assuage are fears, concerns, guilt, grief, anxiety, and anger. That makes a lot of sense — these are all things we seek relief from. The word comes from Old French assouagier, from the Latin root suavis, "sweet" — think of adding a bit of honey to something unpleasant. A word with a similar meaning is mollify.

Definitions of assuage
  1. verb
    provide physical relief, as from pain
    synonyms: alleviate, palliate, relieve
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    types:
    soothe
    cause to feel better
    comfort, ease
    lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate
    type of:
    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  2. verb
    satisfy (thirst)
    synonyms: allay, quench, slake
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    type of:
    fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
    fill or meet a want or need
  3. verb
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
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