soothing

[soo-thing]
adjective
1.
that soothes: a soothing voice.
2.
tending to assuage pain: a soothing cough syrup.

Origin:
1590–1600; soothe + -ing2

soothingly, adverb
soothingness, noun
oversoothing, adjective
oversoothingly, adverb
self-soothing, adjective
unsoothing, adjective
unsoothingly, adverb
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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
It's a soothingly steeped tea harvested from a shaded mountainside half a world
  away.
The stands are generously proportioned, the colours soothingly neutral and the
  aisles thickly carpeted.
In the end a healthy balance sheet and steady profits were what matter, he said
  soothingly.
They speak to us, sometimes soothingly, sometimes in haunting shrieks.
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