Soothe, make an unpleasant feeling less intense. Satisfy a desire for.
Middle English: from Old French assouagier.
“Hopefully receiving the letter will assuage her fears.”
“It was an opportunity for him to assuage his desire for knowledge.”
Speak or act in an evasive way.
Mid 16th century (earlier ( Middle English) as prevarication and prevaricator), in the sense ‘go astray, transgress’: from Latin praevaricat- ‘walked crookedly, deviated’, from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari ‘straddle’.