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The panel will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to help assuage concern that it could be used for political ends.
  to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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assuage assuaged assuaging assuages assuasive
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  • The panel will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to help assuage concern that it could be used for political ends.
  • The police chief made a statement that assuaged many people’s worst fears.
  • I buy carbon offsets to assuage my guilt.
  • One cause of conflict is the minority’s fear that it will receive worse treatment than the members of the majority. This fear can be assuaged by constitutional guarantees...
    Michael Mandelbaum  --  The Ideas That Conquered the World

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  • I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.
    Charles De Secondat
  • Nothing now could assuage Terence’s anxiety.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • It was not enough to assuage the pain that Jonas was beginning, now, to know.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ...their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • But at the last, after a month or tway,
    His sorrow gan assuage, soothe to say.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales

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  • Thus to assuage the nations of the dead I pledged these rites,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Harry felt that nothing but action would assuage his feelings of guilt and grief
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • A grown man can also be energized by hunger, and any weakness in his knees or irregularity in his heartbeat will disappear if he thinks his hunger is about to be assuaged.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • D’Klass thought that the greed of the Mud People in his kingdom could be assuaged by distributing lavish gifts.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • What about the fathers who beat their sons for no reason but to assuage their own suffering?
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Over this great expanse there is no disturbance but it is thus at once gently smoothed away and assuaged, as, when a vase of water is jarred, the trembling circles seek the shore and all is smooth again.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She’d used him to assuage her own guilt.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • for the time being her kids’ fears had been assuaged
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • ...since both of the two people who could have given him a father had declined to do it, nothing mattered to him now, revenge or love or all, since he knew now that revenge could not compensate him nor love assuage.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • During the first months of their marriage, he called Celia every night, his gentle voice assuaging her.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • In the meantime, whether or not it assuages your grief, I intend to find the man who killed your granddaughter.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • But grief like Patsy suffered is very hard to assuage.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It’s up to the daddy in question to assuage her ire.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • "I would not have thought it," she said slowly, "had I not seen for myself."
    "Thought what?" I said. "Seen what?"
    "That you have so much passion in your body," she said insolently, "that you seek assuagement thus."
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • You couldn’t make someone love you with a rune, and you couldn’t assuage grief with it either.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The move assuaged the fears of all investors and ultimately tripled the company’s valuation.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • My scientific curiosity had been assuaged, but Uncle Albert’s passion hadn’t, and a most difficult situation now developed.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • A nervousness that’s hard to imagine time will ever assuage.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • But with the tentacle came the same delicate fragrance that moved across her with the breeze, and she felt a soft, tingling warmth go all through her that momentarily assuaged her pain.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The job I had taken to assuage the demon of do-gooderism was a bit more titanic than anticipated.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Through Leslie, I would at last assuage a basic hunger too long ruthlessly thwarted.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This is the kind of thing we do, to assuage pain.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Klaus looked assuaged, which is a fancy word for "relieved" that he had learned by reading a magazine article.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • But this did not assuage my anxiety.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Food, however, became scarce, and I often spent the whole day searching in vain for a few acorns to assuage the pangs of hunger.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And I could lie to you, assuage your fears, by telling you that these were the reasons.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I cannot deny that I grieved for his grief, whatever that was, and would have given much to assuage it.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Hasn’t it ever occurred to you that in your promiscuous pursuit of women you are merely trying to assuage your subconscious fears of sexual impotence?
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I don’t know if I spoke up to save Bast, or to spare the traumatized patients, or to assuage my own guilt, but I stepped between the goddesses.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Her tongue was furred and her throat parched as if flames had scorched it and no amount of water could assuage her thirst.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Maybe the way we assuage our thirst has changed.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Yet Carl did little to assuage the natural distrust an ordinary man feels for a man of physical stature.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • In short, I am doing what I can, I suffer with the same universal suffering, and I try to assuage it, I possess only the puny forces of a man, and I cry to all: "Help me!"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And thus the work proceeds; the two tackles hoisting and lowering simultaneously; both whale and windlass heaving, the heavers singing, the blubber-room gentlemen coiling, the mates scarfing, the ship straining, and all hands swearing occasionally, by way of assuaging the general friction.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At the conclusion of the ceremonies, Beth retired to her room, overcome with emotion and lobster, but there was no place of repose, for the beds were not made, and she found her grief much assuaged by beating up the pillows and putting things in order.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • In the meantime, he can assuage assimilationist guilt by hanging out with Latino kids at the VeeDub and going to salsa dances at Machado, the Spanish House.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • —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—
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Perhaps,’ said Bounderby, staring with all his might at his so quiet and assuasive father-in-law, ’you know where your daughter is at the present time!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Then I assuage his obvious disappointment.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Perhaps in the moment when I revealed to her not only the depth of my hunger but the fact that never and never would she have any part in the assuaging of it; perhaps at that moment I became her seducer and her murderer, author and instrument of her shame and death.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
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