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  • Verb

assuage

uh-SWAYJ

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In an effort to assuage the pain of a broken heart after his long-term girlfriend left him, Jim spent a lot of extra time at work. While the piling up of projects on his desk momentarily distracted him from his wounded feelings, in time nothing Jim did seemed to assuage or relieve the loss of Carla. Jim’s friends often took him out to eat and watch soccer in order to assuage his depressed mood, but even that didn’t help to ease his grief. Not even time could assuage or lighten the loss of Carla, who had been the love of his life.

Quiz: What is an example of someone’s assuaging their anxiety?

  • A person who lists everything happening in their life to try to identify why they are nervous.
  • A student who calms their nerves before an exam by doing a minute of deep breathing.
  • An actor who increases their nervousness before going onstage by picturing the audience.

Memory Hook
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Wonder Drug Assuages Sue's Age Sue had a real problem with her advancing age, so she tried a new anti-wrinkle cream that thankfully cleared away the lines on her face, which helped to assuage her fears of looking older than she felt.

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  • I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. — Charles-Louis de Secondat, also known as Montesquieu, French judge and political philosopher Charles-louis de secondat, also known as montesquieu, french judge and political philosopher
  • Because these national champions control as much as [ninety percent] of the world’s oil and gas, they can do far more than the likes of Exxon to assuage the current worries about supply and to influence the accompanying record prices. —The Economist
  • The rapid-fire announcements late in the day were timed to beat the opening of Asian financial markets and to assuage worries that investors, lenders, and traders shell-shocked by the housing debacle and credit crunch would hunker down even more and drive markets lower. —Los Angeles Times
  • The David Citadel did get much of the presidential staff and assurances of a future presidential visit, but that apparently was not enough to assuage hurt feelings in the highly competitive hotel business. —The Washington Post

Word Ingredients
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as- to, towards
suag sweet
e used for spelling and pronunciation

When you assuage bitter feelings, you move them “towards” something “sweeter.”

Word Theater
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ABC This Week The Egyptian government must take measures to assuage its demonstrating people.
Assuage

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Assuage