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Soothing or calming:‘trombone and piano combine in a tone at once astringent and oddly assuasive’
palliative, mild, calmative, alleviatingView synonyms
- ‘He should be praised for this, but such an occasional action may no longer serve as assuasive.’
- ‘To each she bows with sweet assuasive smile.’
- ‘Conroy's essay is graceful and lapidary and attractive and assuasive.’
- ‘Illustrative of the assuasive powers of music, this story is one of several that allude to the strange potency attributed to the koto, an instrument anciently used in shamanistic seances.’
- ‘Cello, saxophone, contra-bass, viola, trombone and piano converse in a tone at once astringent and oddly assuasive.’
Early 18th century: formed after the pattern of assuage and persuasive.
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