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[sooth] /suθ/ Archaic.
noun
1.
truth, reality, or fact.
adjective
2.
soothing, soft, or sweet.
3.
true or real.
Origin of sooth
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sōth; cognate with Old Saxon sōth, Old Norse sannr, Gothic sunjis true, Sanskrit sat, sant true, real; akin to is
Related forms
soothly, adverb
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  • In sooth, I would yet do it, if he would make it up with the housewife.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Tell me, comrade, is it sooth that we shall have another fling at these Frenchmen?

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But this is Greek to you now, honest Lawrence, and in sooth learning is dry work.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • In sooth, it is bad for those who fall, but worse for those who bide behind.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In sooth, these Rebels are gentlemen of magnificent expectations.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Elkanah was unable to conciliate Peninnah, or to sooth Hannah.

  • Then bade they for the strangers / pour good wine plenteously: In sooth might never heroes / find fuller hospitality.

  • And dost thou in sooth find them in these hedges, good fellow?

  • Strange pair, thrown together by Fate, in sooth; yet no man could say that this was an unhappy union.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
British Dictionary definitions for sooth

sooth

/suːθ/
noun
1.
truth or reality (esp in the phrase in sooth)
adjective
2.
true or real
3.
smooth
Derived Forms
soothly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English sōth; related to Old Norse sathr true, Old High German sand, Gothic sunja truth, Latin sōns guilty, sonticus critical
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Word Origin and History for sooth
n.

Old English soð "truth, justice, righteousness, rectitude; reality, certainty," noun use of soð (adj.) "true, genuine, real; just, righteous," originally *sonð-, from Proto-Germanic *santhaz (cf. Old Norse sannr, Old Saxon soth, Old High German sand "true," Gothic sunja "truth").

The group is related to Old English synn "sin" and Latin sontis "guilty" (truth is related to guilt via "being the one;" see sin (v.)), from PIE *es-ont- "being, existence," thus "real, true," from present participle of root *es-, the s-form of the verb "to be" (see be), preserved in Latin sunt "they are" and German sind. Archaic in English, it is the root of modern words for "true" in Swedish (sann) and Danish (sand). In common use until mid-17c., then obsolete until revived as an archaism early 19c. by Scott, etc. Used for Latin pro- in translating compounds into Old English, e.g. soðtacen "prodigy," soðfylgan "prosequi."

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