Etymology
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soothing (adj.)

1590s, "flattering," from present participle of soothe. Sense of "mollifying" is from 1746. Related: Soothingly.

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Definitions of soothing

soothing (adj.)
affording physical relief;
a soothing ointment for her sunburn
soothing (adj.)
freeing from fear and anxiety;
Synonyms: assuasive
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