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[sooth] /suθ/ Archaic.
truth, reality, or fact.
soothing, soft, or sweet.
true or real.
Origin of sooth
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sooth
  • We will have three days full of activities that will help boost your brain power, sooth your mind and renew your spirit.
  • In addition, it also contains aloe vera and anti-oxidants which help to sooth the skin.
  • Wet compresses, taking a cool bath, and applying calamine lotion will help sooth the rash.
  • Music can also sooth the minds of adults and relax them after their busy day.
  • Medicated candy is growing rapidly because of its functionality, such as candy to sooth sore throats.
  • There are no words that can sooth the pain of such a needless loss.
  • Nasal moisturizers are marketed as cosmetics to sooth, moisturize, and cleanse dry skin in the nasal cavities.
  • They may not be able to sooth themselves or respond to attention.
British Dictionary definitions for sooth


truth or reality (esp in the phrase in sooth)
true or real
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

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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