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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

sooth

\sooth\ , noun;
1.
truth, reality, or fact.
adjective:
1.
true or real.
Quotes:
In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.
-- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1600
But in the young man's heart there was no answering gladness, though in very sooth she was an exceeding handsome maid.
-- Samuel Rutherford Crockett, The Lilac Sunbonnet: A Love Story, 1895
Origin:
Sooth derives from the Old English soð meaning "truth, justice; reality." It shares this root with the word soothe, as reflected in soothe's earliest sense, "to verify."
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