- truth, reality, or fact.
- soothing, soft, or sweet.
- true or real.
Origin of sooth
- 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.
- to exert a soothing influence; bring tranquillity, calm, ease, or comfort.
Origin of soothe
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Examples from the Web for soother
Be what he asks of you,—his comforter, his soother; be more,—his pride and his joy.My Novel, Complete
He got through a vast amount of work, only soother of the nerves he knew.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
I am the soother, the joy, the life, the happiness inexhaustible!The Temptation of St. Antony
The location of the seat of government was chosen as the soother.Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.
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If Ryanne was without the soother, so much the worse for him.The Carpet from Bagdad
- truth or reality (esp in the phrase in sooth)
- true or real
- (tr) to make calm or tranquil
- (tr) to relieve or assuage (pain, longing, etc)
- (intr) to bring tranquillity or relief
Word Origin and History for soother
Old English soð "truth, justice, righteousness, rectitude; reality, certainty," noun use of soð (adj.) "true, genuine, real; just, righteous," originally *sonð-, from Proto-Germanic *santhaz (cf. Old Norse sannr, Old Saxon soth, Old High German sand "true," Gothic sunja "truth").
The group is related to Old English synn "sin" and Latin sontis "guilty" (truth is related to guilt via "being the one;" see sin (v.)), from PIE *es-ont- "being, existence," thus "real, true," from present participle of root *es-, the s-form of the verb "to be" (see be), preserved in Latin sunt "they are" and German sind. Archaic in English, it is the root of modern words for "true" in Swedish (sann) and Danish (sand). In common use until mid-17c., then obsolete until revived as an archaism early 19c. by Scott, etc. Used for Latin pro- in translating compounds into Old English, e.g. soðtacen "prodigy," soðfylgan "prosequi."
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.