soothing

[soo-thing]

Origin:
1590–1600; soothe + -ing2

soothingly, adverb
soothingness, noun
oversoothing, adjective
oversoothingly, adverb
self-soothing, adjective
unsoothing, adjective
unsoothingly, adverb
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soothe

[sooth]
verb (used with object), soothed, soothing.
1.
to tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger; to soothe someone with a hot drink.
2.
to mitigate, assuage, or allay, as pain, sorrow, or doubt: to soothe sunburned skin.
verb (used without object), soothed, soothing.
3.
to exert a soothing influence; bring tranquillity, calm, ease, or comfort.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English sothen to verify, Old English sōthian, equivalent to sōth sooth + -ian infinitive suffix; Modern English sense shift “to verify” > “to support (a person's statement)” > “to encourage” > “to calm”

soother, noun
self-soothed, adjective
unsoothed, adjective


1. See comfort, allay. 2. alleviate, appease, mollify.


1. upset, roil.
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soothe (suːð)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to make calm or tranquil
2.  (tr) to relieve or assuage (pain, longing, etc)
3.  (intr) to bring tranquillity or relief
 
[C16 (in the sense: to mollify): from Old English sōthian to prove; related to Old Norse sanna to assert; see sooth]
 
'soother
 
n

soothing (ˈsuːðɪŋ)
 
adj
having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
 
soothingly
 
adv
 
soothingness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

soothe
O.E. soðian "show to be true," from soð "true" (see sooth). Sense of "quiet, comfort, mollify" is first recorded 1697, on notion of "to assuage one by asserting that what he says is true" (i.e. to be a yes-man), a sense attested from 1568.
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Example sentences
Although there is a sedateness about the soothing beige color scheme that
  denotes a certain elegance.
Bet hugging your horse is more soothing than hugging my fish.
Too often the soothing rattle-and-purr of their air-conditioners fades into
  sweaty silence.
Nonexpert treatment shown to be more effective than primary care in soothing
  widespread anxiety.
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