What does the word assuage mean?

Usage examples for assuage

  1. And he that sees this is far enough off from thinking of doing to mitigate or assuage the rigour of the law, or to make pardonable his own transgressions thereby. – The Pharisee And The Publican by John Bunyan
  2. Yet, could I take my just revenge, It would in some degree assuage my smart. – Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion by St. George Tucker
  3. Whatever he felt, he kept it to himself, and he forgot more than half his own sorrow in his brotherly efforts to assuage that of Nelly. – Silver Lake by R.M. Ballantyne