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soothing

[soo-th ing] /ˈsu ðɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that soothes:
a soothing voice.
2.
tending to assuage pain:
a soothing cough syrup.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; soothe + -ing2
Related forms
soothingly, adverb
soothingness, noun
oversoothing, adjective
oversoothingly, adverb
self-soothing, adjective
unsoothing, adjective
unsoothingly, adverb
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for soothingly

soothing

/ˈsuːðɪŋ/
adjective
1.
having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
Derived Forms
soothingly, adverb
soothingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for soothingly

soothing

adj.

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

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