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soothing

[soo-th ing]
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adjective
  1. that soothes: a soothing voice.
  2. tending to assuage pain: a soothing cough syrup.

Origin of soothing

First recorded in 1590–1600; soothe + -ing2
Related formssooth·ing·ly, adverbsooth·ing·ness, nouno·ver·sooth·ing, adjectiveo·ver·sooth·ing·ly, adverbself-sooth·ing, adjectiveun·sooth·ing, adjectiveun·sooth·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unsoothing

Historical Examples

  • While ill, he felt how unsoothing were the kindest looks and tones of strangers.

    Fragments from The Journal of a Solitary Man

    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for unsoothing

soothing

adjective
  1. having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
Derived Formssoothingly, adverbsoothingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unsoothing

soothing

adj.

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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