sooth·​ing | \ ˈsü-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce soothing (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Take a soothing bath in the wisdom of Steve Becker. Washington Post, "So you’re bummed because your favorite college said no. Read this.," 24 Apr. 2021 Ilia’s Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask, a clear emollient lip balm, and the Blue Light Mist, a refreshing spray that provides soothing hydration. Teddy Minford, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Clean Beauty Brand Simplified My Travel Makeup Routine," 22 Apr. 2021 Across these years, instead of handing out Tuits, the world rewarded our laterism with soothing stories. John Freeman, Time, "The Urgent Need to Change the Language We Use to Talk About the Climate Crisis," 21 Apr. 2021 Robin Hancock gently worked her steel tongue drum with a pair of mallets, producing a set of soothing, mystical tones. Author: Katja Ridderbusch, Anchorage Daily News, "Airports step up mental health assistance as passenger anxiety soars," 20 Apr. 2021 The second of the three Lounges, known as the Newspaper Room, enjoys a neutral yet opulent colour palette, where gold is combined with gentle creams, browns and blues to create a soothing, sumptuous environment. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, "Behind The Scenes At The Grove: Martin Hulbert Reveals His Stylish Hotel Redesign," 19 Apr. 2021 That soothing sound that Gary Cavalli hears emanating from Twitter these days? Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "100 Days Without Trump on Twitter: A Nation Scrolls More Calmly," 17 Apr. 2021 There’s also something to be said about white noise machines that can emit white noise, as well as other soothing sounds. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "16 products that can help you fall asleep faster," 15 Mar. 2021 The stoned attention span perfectly matches the length of each vignette, in which Attenborough’s soothing, avuncular voice guides you through a simple story about animal life. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, "The Wilderness in Nature Documentaries Is a Fantasyland," 12 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Soothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soothing

: producing feelings of comfort or relief

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