Word of the Day Tuesday March 11, 2008

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, Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art

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 Bovie


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