Origin of soothing
verb (used with object), soothed, sooth·ing.
verb (used without object), soothed, sooth·ing.
Origin of soothe
Examples from the Web for soothing
Until Levonuk reappeared an hour later wielding the soothing stuff at another Giant store 20 minutes away.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With its exquisite landscapes, birds-eye view and soothing cinematic music, Drone Boning makes sex look like art.Anatomy of a Drone Porn: ‘Drone Boning’ Makes Sex Look Like Art|Aurora Snow|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was a soothing thought until I made the connection: my family had chosen to go on vacation without me.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But from the quiet solitude of small-town New England, Dr. Anderson would offer a soothing late-night phone call or Skype session.
Then in a kind and soothing murmur he ran over the important points with Vance, who stood like one stunned.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At all times he had a soothing word, and a kind pat, for every one of them.
He will make the dose more palateable by soothing their wounded pride.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume I (of II)|Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
Until the diagnosis is thoroughly established, soothing applications, such as are employed in acute eczema, are to be advised.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
He described the loveliness of unity and courtesy, in soft, soothing tones.Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He goes home to his sisters and his aunts, and to all the soothing wholesomeness of English country life.An American at Oxford|John Corbin
Word Origin for soothe
1590s, "flattering," from present participle of soothe. Sense of "mollifying" is from 1746. Related: Soothingly.
Old English soðian "show to be true," from soð "true" (see sooth). Sense of "quiet, comfort, mollify" is first recorded 1690s, via notion of "to assuage one by asserting that what he says is true" (i.e. to be a yes-man), a sense attested from 1560s (and cf. Old English gesoð "a parasite, flatterer"). Meaning "reduce the intensity" (of a pain, etc.) is from 1711. Related: Soothed; soothing.