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soothe

[sooth] /suð/
verb (used with object), soothed, soothing.
1.
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.
2.
to mitigate, assuage, or allay, as pain, sorrow, or doubt:
to soothe sunburned skin.
verb (used without object), soothed, soothing.
3.
to exert a soothing influence; bring tranquillity, calm, ease, or comfort.
Origin of soothe
950
before 950; Middle English sothen to verify, Old English sōthian, equivalent to sōth sooth + -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.
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  • I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It soothed the wounded soul and slowly brought a smile to his face.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • James sat down beside her and soothed her until she quieted down.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • He remembered that in times past she had soothed and stimulated him.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • And her very bitterness was an outcome of her affection; it soothed her to rail at her son after so long a silence.

    Demos George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for soothed

soothe

/suːð/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make calm or tranquil
2.
(transitive) to relieve or assuage (pain, longing, etc)
3.
(intransitive) to bring tranquillity or relief
Derived Forms
soother, noun
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: to mollify): from Old English sōthian to prove; related to Old Norse sanna to assert; see sooth
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Word Origin and History for soothed

soothe

v.

Old English soðian "show to be true," from soð "true" (see sooth). Sense of "quiet, comfort, mollify" is first recorded 1690s, via notion of "to assuage one by asserting that what he says is true" (i.e. to be a yes-man), a sense attested from 1560s (and cf. Old English gesoð "a parasite, flatterer"). Meaning "reduce the intensity" (of a pain, etc.) is from 1711. Related: Soothed; soothing.

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