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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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 Aside from being a staple for local Waco, Texas, residents, the soothing shade happens to be one of Joanna's favorites to use in her designs, as well. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The Sweet Meaning Behind Chip and Joanna Gaines’ First Outfit for Baby Crew — and Where to Buy It," 25 June 2018 For the uninitiated, rose quartz is often said to radiate loving energy, clear quartz opens the mind, and jade is both soothing and purifying. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Exactly How to Use the Gua Sha and Jade Roller Tools Instagram Users Are Obsessed With," 4 Jan. 2019 Our typical guest is someone with a discerning taste that is looking to enjoy life’s treasures in a relaxing and soothing environment. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Hotel Excelsior," 11 Nov. 2018 Fresh and floral, (fa, la, la, la) lavender is loved all year long, but the soothing scent is especially useful during the stressful holiday season. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Entire Home Smell Like Christmas," 14 Oct. 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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