- that soothes: a soothing voice.
- tending to assuage pain: a soothing cough syrup.
Origin of soothing
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Examples from the Web for soothingly
There was no more aggression, and I even heard one of the men, in poor English, say soothingly that we were safe.My Harrowing Kidnapping Ordeal in Syria
January 29, 2013
"Don't be alarmed, my dear mother," said Robert, soothingly.Brave and Bold
"I speak but as the People of the Cliffs," said Moke-icha soothingly.The Trail Book
"We'll talk 'bout that some other time," said Mr. Winship soothingly.The Bacillus of Beauty
"I can't conscientiously tell him that, Jimmy," said Yates soothingly.In the Midst of Alarms
"He's got none at all," said the Boston captain, soothingly.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
Word Origin and History for soothingly
1590s, "flattering," from present participle of soothe. Sense of "mollifying" is from 1746. Related: Soothingly.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper