soothing

[ soo-th ing ]
/ ˈsu ðɪŋ /
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adjective

that soothes: a soothing voice.
tending to assuage pain: a soothing cough syrup.

Nearby words

  1. sooterkin,
  2. sooth,
  3. soothe,
  4. soothfast,
  5. soothfastly,
  6. soothingly,
  7. soothly,
  8. soothsay,
  9. soothsayer,
  10. soothsaying

Origin of soothing

First recorded in 1590–1600; soothe + -ing2

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for self-soothing

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

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

    Aids to Reflection|Samuel Taylor Coleridge


British Dictionary definitions for self-soothing

soothing

/ (ˈsuːðɪŋ) /

adjective

having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper