soothing

[soo-th ing]

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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soothing

adjective
  1. having a calming, assuaging, or relieving effect
Derived Formssoothingly, adverbsoothingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsoothing

soothing

adj.

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

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