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[soo-th ing] /ˈsu ðɪŋ/
that soothes:
a soothing voice.
tending to assuage pain:
a soothing cough syrup.
1590-1600; soothe + -ing2
Related forms
soothingly, adverb
soothingness, noun
oversoothing, adjective
oversoothingly, adverb
self-soothing, adjective
unsoothing, adjective
unsoothingly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • 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.
  • The movie quickly settles into soothingly familiar territory.
  • That's because eternity, the movie soothingly suggests, is whatever you imagine it to be.
  • It begins with this soothingly luxurious room, so anonymous it could be anywhere in the world.
Word Origin and History for soothingly



1590s, "flattering," from present participle of soothe. Sense of "mollifying" is from 1746. Related: Soothingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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