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soothing

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

Historical Examples

  • Ay, quoth the rational Christian—or with a sighing, self-soothing sound between an Ay and an Ah!

    Aids to Reflection

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • And so it was with Arthur: Adam's judgment of him, Adam's grating words, disturbed his self-soothing arguments.

    Adam Bede

    George Eliot


British Dictionary definitions for self-soothing

soothing

adjective
  1. having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
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Derived Formssoothingly, adverbsoothingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-soothing

soothing

adj.

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

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