assuage

Definition: To make milder or less severe

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Wuthering Heights - By Emily Bront
...Music I love; but never strain Could kindle raptures so divine, So grief assuage, so conquer pain ....
Sense and Sensibility - By Jane Austen
...The mother 's consternation was excessive; but it could not surpass the alarm of the Miss Steeles, and everything was done by all three, in so critical an emergency, which affection could suggest as likely to assuage the agonies of the little sufferer ....
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - By Jane Austen
...Anne, attending with all the strength and zeal and thought which instinct supplied, to Henrietta, still tried at intervals to suggest comfort to the others,--tried to quiet Mary, to animate Charles, to assuage the feelings of Captain Wentworth ....
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - By Mark Twain
...-- `` yet are they clearly wholesome, the more especially when one doth assuage the asperities of their nature by admixture of the tranquilizing juice of the wayward cabbage--" The wild light of terror began to glow in these men 's eyes, and one of them muttered, `` These be errors, every one--God hath surely smitten the...
Of Human Bondage - By William Somerset Maugham
...Only death could finally assuage his desire ....
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... TARTUFFE The less a blessing is deserved, the less We dare to hope for it; and words alone Can ill assuage our love & # 39; s desires ....
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...I have not withheld money, you mean, where it could assuage affliction ....
Wives and Daughters - By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
...She lifted her heavy weight of heart and body along till she came to a field, not so very far off,--where she had sought the comfort of loneliness ever since she was a child; and there, under the hedge-bank, she sate down, burying her face in her hands, and quivering all over as she thought of Cynthia 's misery, which she might not try to touch or assuage ....
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - By Anne Bront
...The other night, while I was waiting on him, and just as I had brought him a draught to assuage his burning thirst, he observed, with a return of his former sarcastic bitterness, ' Yes, you 're mighty attentive now !...
Barchester Towers - By Anthony Trollope, Michael Sadleir
...Sometimes his spirit would rise, a dark spot would show itself on his cheek, and he would rebel; but Charlotte would assuage him with some peculiar triumph of her culinary art, and all again would be smooth for a while ....
Tom Jones - By Henry Fielding
...These Mr. Allworthy endeavored to assuage, promising her a much finer bird : but she declared she would never have another ....
The American - By Henry James
...He looked behind him intently and continually, and what he saw there did n't assuage his resentment ....
The Voyage Out - By Virginia Woolf
...Nothing now could assuage Terence 's anxiety ....
The Old Wives' Tale - By Arnold Bennett
...She had summoned the eldest assistant to her corner and had informed her, with all the solemnity of a confession made to assuage a conscience which has been tortured too long, that she had on many occasions been guilty of sexual irregularity with her late employer, Samuel Povey ....
James Russell Lowell - By Horace Elisha Scudder
...The pain, by the way, which he tried to assuage by writing, was some facial trouble which resulted...