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.
to mitigate, assuage, or allay, as pain, sorrow, or doubt:
to soothe sunburned skin.
verb (used without object)
to exert a soothing influence; bring tranquillity, calm, ease, or comfort.
Origin before 950;Middle Englishsothen to verify, Old Englishsōthian, equivalent to sōthsooth + -ian infinitive suffix; Modern English sense shift “to verify” > “to support (a person's statement)” > “to encourage” > “to calm”
Related forms soother, noun self-soothed, adjective unsoothed, adjective
Synonyms 1. See comfort, allay. 2. alleviate, appease, mollify.
Antonyms 1. upset, roil.
(tr) to make calm or tranquil
(tr) to relieve or assuage (pain, longing, etc)
(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]