[soo-th ing]


that soothes: a soothing voice.
tending to assuage pain: a soothing cough syrup.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for unsoothing



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



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

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