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

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The resulting home features neutral colors for a soothing palette: There's plenty of Joanna Gaines's favorite shiplap, furniture with soft patinas, and luxe marble for the bathrooms. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kate Upton Just Secretly Renovated Her Sister's Home," 10 Apr. 2019 From lavenders to lime greens, the buildings are a soothing and photogenic complement to the historic city’s cobblestoned streets and picturesque seaside panoramas. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Walk through the front door of the 7,350-square-foot home, and you'll be greeted by 20-foot ceilings, stone fireplaces, and a soothing color palette that instantly relaxes. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "House Crush: This Canadian Farmhouse is Ridiculously Gorgeous," 17 Mar. 2015 Subtle tone-on-tone veining adds depth to this Corian palette of soothing neutrals: Camel, Ecru, Cirrus White, and Natural Gray. Rebecca Winzenried, ELLE Decor, "Home Magazine's 5th Annual Kitchen & Bath Awards 2003," 5 July 2012 SECOND TIME LUCKY If the deal is rejected by a narrow margin, the government could try again, re-submitting the agreement to Parliament after tweaking it or winning some soothing words from the EU to assuage lawmakers’ concerns. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "If UK Parliament rejects May’s Brexit deal, what’s Plan B?," 14 Jan. 2019 For centuries, ritual bathing has been practiced in China for its soothing mind-body benefits. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Hot Ginger Bath Is the Perfect Detox Ritual for Winter," 26 Nov. 2018 The green moisturizer is super soothing and works to counteract redness—after a month, the difference is noticeable. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "The It Cosmetics Foundation I Tell Everyone About Is 25 Percent Off," 2 Nov. 2018 The soothing voice that guides viewers through the world of Jane the Virgin has become a character in his own right. Maria Tallarico, Glamour, "9 Jane the Virgin Fan Theories That Will Keep You Up at Night," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of soothing

1700, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of soothing

: producing feelings of comfort or relief

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