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assuage
used in Moby Dick

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to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
  • 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.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (31% in)

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