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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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 For a pretty view, sit in the pavilion overlooking the garden courtyard and Grassmarket and soak in the soothing, serene ambiance. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Singer, songwriter, and musician Jack Johnson is known for his soothing melodies and go-with-the-flow personality. National Geographic, "Musician Jack Johnson Wages War on Ocean Plastic," 8 June 2018 Dunlavy said the horse is being treated with a poultice, a warm soothing material, and soaked in warm water. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Justify still responding well, will gallop Thursday morning at Churchill Downs," 9 May 2018 Although there’s no doubt that this is a hospital, the obvious decorative features of the unit — the subtle but cheery colors, the stylized nature art — are soft and soothing, neither depressing nor overly stimulating. Stacey Burling,, "The era of circadian lighting in health care is dawning," 27 June 2018 For an insomniac, there is nothing more soothing than the promise that an endeavor will eventually work out. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 Some advice-givers dole out punishing slaps or withering rebukes; others ladle out cups of verbal hot cocoa, reassuring and soothing. New York Times, "Wisdom Dispensed With Slaps and Puns: A Sprightly History of Advice-Giving," 1 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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