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soothe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v soothe cause to feel better "the medicine soothes the pain of the inflammation"
    • v soothe give moral or emotional strength to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The itch from a mosquito bite can be soothed by cutting open a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bite
    • Soothe To assent to as true.
    • Soothe To assent to; to comply with; to gratify; to humor by compliance; to please with blandishments or soft words; to flatter. "Good, my lord, soothe him, let him take the fellow.""I've tried the force of every reason on him, Soothed and caressed, been angry, soothed again."
    • Soothe To assuage; to mollify; to calm; to comfort; as, to soothe a crying child; to soothe one's sorrows. "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
      To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."
      "Though the sound of Fame
      May for a moment soothe, it can not slake
      The fever of vain longing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • soothe To prove true; verify; confirm as truth.
    • soothe To confirm the statements of; maintain the truthfulness of (a person); bear out.
    • soothe To assent to; yield to; humor by agreement or concession.
    • soothe To keep in good humor; wheedle; cajole; flatter.
    • soothe To restore to ease, comfort, or tranquillity; relieve; calm; quiet; refresh.
    • soothe To allay; assuage; mitigate; soften.
    • soothe To smooth over; render less obnoxious.
    • soothe Synonyms and
    • soothe To compose, tranquilize, pacify, ease, alleviate.
    • soothe To temporize by assent, concession, flattery or cajolery.
    • soothe To have a comforting or tranquilizing influence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Soothe sōōth to please with soft words: to flatter: to soften, allay
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Quotations

  • Van Wyck Brooks
    Van Wyck Brooks
    “Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
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    “With a tale, for soothe, he cometh unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.”
  • Madonna
    Madonna
    “Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.”
  • Josh Billings
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    “Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.”
  • William Congreve
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    “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”
  • Leigh Hunt
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    “Night's deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Originally, to assent to as true; OE. soðien, to verify, AS. gesōðian, to prove the truth of, to bear witness. See Sooth (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gesóthian, to confirm as true—sóth, true.

Usage

In literature:

Say on, so thou speak sooth, and not for gain.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Presently a ray of sunlight brightened Newtake, and contributed to soothe the toiling father.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
Let us give ourselves up to these soothing influences.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
The slight wind among the leaves had a soothing note, and breathed of nothing but peace.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
And I in sooth thine; the separation at least is without pain.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
I think she tried to soothe.
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust, Or flatt'ry soothe the dull cold ear of death?
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
Therefore, shouldst thou always utter words that soothe, and not those that scorch.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Then, turning to Louis, he became maudlinly soothing.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
The delay did not tend to soothe his capturer; and he administered a slight shake.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Your sympathy thrills through my whole frame with a soothing sensation inexpressibly delightful.
"Jane Sinclair; Or, The Fawn Of Springvale The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
He was trying to comfort and soothe her, as he would soothe a little child who had been frightened.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
The place looked cool and soothing.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
These must find soothing specific, ere he tastes elixir of life's destiny.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
However, the sunset soothed and invited her when she wiped her eyes.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Well, in very sooth, I wis not whether they do or no.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
In the soothing thoughts that spring Out of human suffering!
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
The sound of its lapping against the steep rocks soothed her.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
He approached her mildly, and endeavoured with soothing words to calm her apprehensions.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
He found her society soothing.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
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In poetry:

If you can soothe his sorrow,
Don't delay;
Stay not "until to-morrow!"—
Haste—haste away!
"Life’s Struggle" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Love, the youth,
Roamed the country, quiver-laden;
From him fled away in sooth
Many a man and maiden!
"Love's History" by George MacDonald
Angels of Earth! they soothe and bless
The troubled soul of man,
Bestow the most of happiness,
They can.
"The Angels Of Earth" by James Avis Bartley
And turn to feel your lips
Laid soothly on my hair-
Your half-forgotten lips,
Grown strangely dear and fair.
"Change" by Clark Ashton Smith
It soothes to bid my fancy stray,
On freest wings, to thee,
And cherish all the memories
So very dear to me.
"To Mary" by James Avis Bartley
XI. Oh then to NATURE'S touch be sacred still!
To HER I consecrate thy soothing pow'r;
Let passion, fancy, feeling, wake the thrill
That gives to bliss each visionary hour.
"The Spanish Guitar" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Nothing says 'to your health' like a soothing beer bath in the Czech Republic.
Soothe your stomach and feel better faster.
Maps provide soothing journey to past times, see, trail, most, made, beautiful, fort, tucumcari, smith, explorers, country.
ShareThisHawaiian music duo Kupaoa has been called "spicy, soothing, and alluring all at once".
This edition features technologies related to skin soothing, moisturizing and repair benefits.
Step aside, Biofreeze—these lesser-known rubs can help soothe aches, too.
The company had to soothe.
Intrigued by the young German actress, he cast her for the final scene of his film "Paths of Glory," where she sang to soothe an angry mob of French soldiers.
A soothing meal for a cold winter day.
Will soothe a sore throat or other flu-like symptoms.
An 8-year-old Florida boy plays the harp in hopes of soothing patients in the lobby of the hospital treating his mother for cancer.
16-speaker music system creates soothing atmosphere for special needs riding students.
But nothing is soothing about this 70,000-seat venue, where the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) will face Iowa (4-2, 2-0) Saturday at 8 p.m.
In addition, it uses soothing natural ingredients that can reduce the irritation and redness caused by previous treatments and the elements.
Johnny Cash, was not exactly someone you would think of for a lullaby to soothe your babies.
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In science:

Although some size distortions exist, particularly when n is 1000, this size distortion effect seems to be soothed as n increases.
Test for tail index change in stationary time series with Pareto-type marginal distribution
This is by now a standard scenario in the theory of random graphs and it can be soothed by the small graph conditioning method [13, 29].
Inapproximability of the Partition Function for the Antiferromagnetic Ising and Hard-Core Models
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