sooth·​ing | \ˈsü-t͟hiŋ \

Definition of soothing 

: tending to soothe also : having a sedative effect soothing syrup

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Other Words from soothing

soothingly adverb
soothingness noun

Examples of soothing in a Sentence

The music had a soothing effect on the baby. the soothing music eventually put the entire yoga class in the proper mood

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Overall, there was a soothing blend of activism and celebration. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "For the First Time, Women Visibly Owned the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 8 Jan. 2018 Plus, the warm water was kind of soothing, unlike the wooden spoon whacking which was kind of putting me on edge. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's the Best Way to Seed a Pomegranate," 3 Oct. 2018 With the same pH as skin, this extract is extremely soothing. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 At Highland, one of those receptionists is Margie Mutmansky, a small woman with a graying bob and the soothing voice of someone who talks to children all day. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 Tomorrow, a soothing and uncomplicated gem from Brazilian singer Flora Purim. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Reggie Lucas Dead at 65: 11 of His Essential Cuts as a Jazz Sideman," 21 May 2018 Where other olives are aggressively salty, Castelvetranos are mild and soothing. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Castelvetrano Olives Are the Best Olives, Hands Down," 19 Jan. 2018 Her soothing, beautiful music was a welcome respite from difficult times., "Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine," 13 July 2018 There are few more soothing experiences than kayaking and canoeing through the calm waterways that fill the region. Grace Dickinson,, "Where to rent and use kayaks and canoes in and near Philadelphia," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of soothing

1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soothing was in 1700

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English Language Learners Definition of soothing

: producing feelings of comfort or relief

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