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 Add to that the comfort of memory — few things are more soothing than hearing music that recalls a calmer time — and it’s clear why D-Nice’s party became a safe harbor. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "How Hip-Hop Royalty Found a New Home on Instagram Live," 7 May 2020 In such a fraught time globally the almost meditative act of repetitive stitches is very soothing. Sadhbh O'sullivan,, "Anything But Twee: How Hobbies From Period Dramas Got Cool Again," 4 May 2020 The overall effect is oddly soothing, if a little dated and pretentious. Mary Sollosi,, "Endings, Beginnings," 17 Apr. 2020 Checks should be brief and to the point: Picking up your child, spending too much time hovering over the crib or otherwise offering more contact than a quick soothing word can be counterproductive. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "How to Sleep Train Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 Some churches have taken services online, while others have filled parking lots with those eager to hear soothing words during what is an anxious time for many. Christopher Harress |, al, "Coronavirus brings Holy Week challenges, opportunity for a small Mobile church," 7 Apr. 2020 Or spend 20 minutes sitting crosslegged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. Usa Today Life Staff, USA TODAY, "100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 This isn't the first time Matthew has used his soothing Southern drawl to comfort fans during the pandemic. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Matthew McConaughey Hosted Virtual Bingo for Senior Citizens and It's the Sweetest Thing We've Ever Seen," 11 Apr. 2020 Below, nine of my absolute favorites for scheduling a soothing bath retreat. Sarah Madaus, SELF, "9 Bath Products That Make My Tiny Tub Feel Like a Spa," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Soothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of soothing

: producing feelings of comfort or relief

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