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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Assuage, Asswage, v. Also: assuege, assuadge; assouage; aswage, asswadge. [ME. a(s)suage, a(s)swage, OF. a(s)souager.] tr. To mitigate, moderate, alleviate, etc.(a) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 167 (I sall me assuage of the swalme). Id. lxxix. 26 (quhilk may no tryacle assuage). 1570 Sat. P. xii. 63 (for sythment to assuage our ire). a1578 Pitsc. I. 302/9 (thir goode wordis assuadgit the Duike of Albanieis anger). a1585 Maitl. Q. xciv. iv. 6 (for to assouage Augustus yre). 1596 Dalr. I. 197/7 (the crueltie of the legat was assuaget and kuilet).(b) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1497 (the lyoun gart mercie his cruell ire asswage). a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 295 (thy self fra syn thus till asswage). c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxiv. 10 (quhill scho hir lust aswage). 1513 Doug. ii. xii. 29 (with sik wordis my thochtis to asswage). 15.. Clar. iv. 1479 (then was hir breist asswagit of all thing). a1578 Pitsc. I. 371/5 (quhy did thow nocht asswadge thy furius raige). 1596 Dalr. I. 348/3 (that false knychte culd nocht asswage the ire that his harte buir against Wallase).

b. Used as p.p. Also intr. to become less violent.c1550 Rolland C. Venus i. 339 (quhen thy lust is asswage). Id. Seven S. 154/4 (gude counsall causit hir to asswage).

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