MEANING: verb tr.: To assuage: to make something unpleasant less severe.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin suavis (sweet). Ultimately from the Indo-European root swad- (sweet, pleasant), which also gave us sweet, suave, hedonism, persuade, and Hindi swad (taste). Earliest documented use: 1400.

SUARE - utter an oath

SQUAGE - past tense of SQUEEGE, to dry a pane of glass by scraping across it with a flexible rubber straightedge

SUAZE - what tall grass does in the breeze