- truth, reality, or fact.
- soothing, soft, or sweet.
- true or real.
Origin of sooth
Examples from the Web for sooth
He was elected to sooth the wounds of the Bush era and make clear to Muslims that they had nothing to fear from the US.Romney’s One Quip on Russia Trumps Obama’s Former Declarations
March 3, 2014
In sooth, I would yet do it, if he would make it up with the housewife.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I would come with you, but sooth to say I am stationed here and may not move.
In sooth, it is bad for those who fall, but worse for those who bide behind.
Tell me, comrade, is it sooth that we shall have another fling at these Frenchmen?
Elkanah was unable to conciliate Peninnah, or to sooth Hannah.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- truth or reality (esp in the phrase in sooth)
- true or real
Word Origin and History for sooth
Old English soð "truth, justice, righteousness, rectitude; reality, certainty," noun use of soð (adj.) "true, genuine, real; just, righteous," originally *sonð-, from Proto-Germanic *santhaz (cf. Old Norse sannr, Old Saxon soth, Old High German sand "true," Gothic sunja "truth").
The group is related to Old English synn "sin" and Latin sontis "guilty" (truth is related to guilt via "being the one;" see sin (v.)), from PIE *es-ont- "being, existence," thus "real, true," from present participle of root *es-, the s-form of the verb "to be" (see be), preserved in Latin sunt "they are" and German sind. Archaic in English, it is the root of modern words for "true" in Swedish (sann) and Danish (sand). In common use until mid-17c., then obsolete until revived as an archaism early 19c. by Scott, etc. Used for Latin pro- in translating compounds into Old English, e.g. soðtacen "prodigy," soðfylgan "prosequi."