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Kiyasume — temporary easy of mind

気休め placebo; temporary ease of mind; allay one’s anxiety; just to satisfy; peace of mind; consolation

 

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Use when words, actions, advice, ideas, or things are used to
provide consolation. It is usually used when the solace is temporary or ultimately useless.

気休めになる kiyasume ni naru—ease one’s mind; be of some consolation
気休めの言葉 kiyasume no kotoba—hollow words of comfort; a comforting lie
一時的な気休め ichiji teki na iyasume—momentary solace

そのくすりは気休めにしかならない。
sono kusuri wa kiyasume ni shika naranai.
That medicine is nothing but a placebo.

そう考えると少しは気休めになる。
sou kangaeru to sukoshi wa kiyasume ni naru
Thinking of it that way, I feel a little better.

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