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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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  • In sooth, I would yet do it, if he would make it up with the housewife.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • In sooth, señora, till you first taught me to dissemble I was unlessoned in the art.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • But this is Greek to you now, honest Lawrence, and in sooth learning is dry work.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • Thou and I, Sissot, unless Christ anoint our eyes that we see in sooth.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • In sooth, these Rebels are gentlemen of magnificent expectations.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Wretched in sooth were they who found a wretched death to the bane of their houses.

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

  • Man in sooth is a marvellous, vain, fickle, and unstable subject.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • 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


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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