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English Dictionary: soothe by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
soothe
v
  1. give moral or emotional strength to [syn: comfort, soothe, console, solace]
  2. cause to feel better; "the medicine soothes the pain of the inflammation"
    Antonym(s): irritate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soothe \Soothe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Soothed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Soothing}.] [Originally, to assent to as true; OE. so[?]ien
      to verify, AS. ges[?][?]ian to prove the truth of, to bear
      witness. See {Sooth}, a.]
      1. To assent to as true. [Obs.] --Testament of Love.
  
      2. 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.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
                     I've tried the force of every reason on him, Soothed
                     and caressed, been angry, soothed again. --Addison.
  
      3. 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.   --Congreve.
  
                     Though the sound of Fame May for a moment soothe, it
                     can not slake The fever of vain longing. --Byron.
  
      Syn: To soften; assuage; allay; compose; mollify;
               tranquilize; pacify; mitigate.
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