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[soo-th ing]
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  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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Related Words for soothingly

indifferently, delicately, moderately, quietly, lightly, calmly, gingerly, kindly, patiently, softly, tenderly, blandly, compassionately, genially, imperturbably, meekly, soothingly, temperately, tepidly, tolerantly

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British Dictionary definitions for soothingly


  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 soothingly



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

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