Friday, July 22, 2005

Word of the Day for Friday July 22, 2005

assuage (uh-SWAYJ), verb:
1. To make milder or less severe; to reduce the intensity of;
to ease; to relieve.
2. To appease; to satisfy.
3. To soothe or calm; to pacify.

His generosity toward a group of young graffiti writers
was, perhaps, one way to assuage his guilt.
--Phoebe Hoban, [1]Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art

Even with the requirement of lay review boards, the code
will fail to assuage concerns of the church's most vocal
critics that the unseemly methods of the past won't repeat
--"Bishops take step in right direction," [2]Chicago
Sun-Times, November 15, 2002

If only she would come outside
and let us meet her--face to face;
perhaps our words could turn
her anger's tide, perhaps
we could, if not erase,
at least assuage her rage.
--Euripides, Medea, edited by David R. Slavitt and Palmer

In one final attempt to assuage fears, the agency claims
that these audits will comprise only "1.1 percent of the
total audit-related contacts planned for the year."
--Daniel J. Pilla, "IRS prepares to intensify its kinder,
gentler audits," [3]Insight on the News, April 29, 2002

Assuage comes from Latin ad + suavis, "sweet".

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