Mnemonic – Big ass usage: To make milder the pain of sitting on a rough surface
Word – assuage
Meaning – To make milder
Part of Speech – verb
Synonyms – lessen, alleviate
Antonyms – make severe, upset, exacerbate
1 An aspirin will assuage your headache until the doctor arrives.
2 Sindbad was brave and took over the ship during the storm; this assuaged the fears of the sailors and they simply followed his orders.
3 He had accidentally killed a young boy; now to assuage his guilt he decided to adopt a child and raise him to be a good man.
4 In an attempt to assuage the fear in the masses the king announced that no taxes will be levied in these times of trouble.
5 How may you assuage someone pain if you do not feel any empathy for him.
6 Only time can assuage the grief due to the loss of someone close to you.
Under the Lens: Difference between Assuage and Alleviate
Both these words suggest a reduction in intensity of something undesirable.
Alleviate suggests partial relief, as in, something has become easier to bear.
Ex – The medicine alleviated the pain in my stomach.
Assuage is more usually used for bodily sensations, emotions etc. It usually suggests that the discomfort is nearer to being relieved.
Ex – He drank all the water in the flask to assuage his thirst.