- that soothes: a soothing voice.
- tending to assuage pain: a soothing cough syrup.
Origin of soothing
- 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 soothing
Until Levonuk reappeared an hour later wielding the soothing stuff at another Giant store 20 minutes away.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
With its exquisite landscapes, birds-eye view and soothing cinematic music, Drone Boning makes sex look like art.Anatomy of a Drone Porn: ‘Drone Boning’ Makes Sex Look Like Art
November 8, 2014
This was a soothing thought until I made the connection: my family had chosen to go on vacation without me.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
But from the quiet solitude of small-town New England, Dr. Anderson would offer a soothing late-night phone call or Skype session.My Therapist Dumped Me
April 4, 2014
Then in a kind and soothing murmur he ran over the important points with Vance, who stood like one stunned.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
In low and soothing tones, the maiden inquired, "Where did we go, Paralus?"Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
A still, pale fog is soothing; it lulls nature to a kind of repose.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The girls were soothing me and fussing over me when Aunt Frank opened the door.The Bacillus of Beauty
I am glad that there is soothing in these dried leaves for those who require it.Her Father's Daughter
It was soothing to his eyes, so used to the darkness of the Nibelungs' cavern.Opera Stories from Wagner
- having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
- (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 soothing
1590s, "flattering," from present participle of soothe. Sense of "mollifying" is from 1746. Related: Soothingly.
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.