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[soo-th ing] /ˈsu ðɪŋ/
that soothes:
a soothing voice.
tending to assuage pain:
a soothing cough syrup.
Origin of soothing
First recorded in 1590-1600; soothe + -ing2
Related forms
soothingly, adverb
soothingness, noun
oversoothing, adjective
oversoothingly, adverb
self-soothing, adjective
unsoothing, adjective
unsoothingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • "Well, I wasn't to say brash," returned her husband slowly and soothingly.

    Stories of the Foot-hills Margaret Collier Graham
  • "Your stammering is only the effect of timidity," answered Madeleine, soothingly.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • "Oh, I'd have done the same thing, of course," answered the other soothingly.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "I did not mean to make you suffer," said Madeleine, soothingly.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • "They're her own boys, you know," added Mrs Foster, soothingly.

  • "It was better to try and bear with my grandmother," answered Maurice, soothingly.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • "Try not to cry any more, or you will have such a headache," said Nellie soothingly.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • "There, there," said Nan soothingly, as she feared that her patient was getting excited.

  • "Let's credit Selby-Harrison with the discovery," I said soothingly.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for soothingly


having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
Derived Forms
soothingly, adverb
soothingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for soothingly



1590s, "flattering," from present participle of soothe. Sense of "mollifying" is from 1746. Related: Soothingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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