What is the difference between "to assuage somebody" and "to soothe somebody"

Both words have pretty similar meanings.

  • So you can't, for example, assuage a baby, right? – Choro Aug 3 '20 at 12:38
  • You can assuage a baby's hunger, or soothe a baby's pain, or soothe a baby. You cannot assuage a baby. – Michael Harvey Aug 3 '20 at 12:49

You can assuage a feeling, pain, or desire; you can soothe these things, and also soothe a person. You cannot assuage a person.



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