Antonyms for soothe

Grammar : Verb
Spell : sooth
Phonetic Transcription : suð

Definition of soothe

Origin :
  • Old English soðian "show to be true," from soð "true" (see sooth). Sense of "quiet, comfort, mollify" is first recorded 1690s, via notion of "to assuage one by asserting that what he says is true" (i.e. to be a yes-man), a sense attested from 1560s (and cf. Old English gesoð "a parasite, flatterer"). Meaning "reduce the intensity" (of a pain, etc.) is from 1711. Related: Soothed; soothing.
  • verb calm, ease
Example sentences :
  • Milza endeavoured, in her own artless way, to soothe the distress her words had excited.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Then would Flossy be ready with her gentle drops of oil to soothe the ruffles.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • Her heart hurt until her hand crept to her side in an effort to soothe it.
  • Extract from : « Her Father's Daughter » by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The man continued to address, to expostulate, to pray, to soothe.
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She was pale and frightened; but she had no other care than to soothe him and get him away, for his own dear sake.
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • When I went to him to soothe him he showed me his little medal of the Holy Virgin.
  • Extract from : « My Double Life » by Sarah Bernhardt
  • The poor station-master was rather embarrassed, and tried to soothe me.
  • Extract from : « My Double Life » by Sarah Bernhardt
  • The call to his son to soothe his wicked mother is the ghost's last utterance.
  • Extract from : « A Dish Of Orts » by George MacDonald
  • He was very restless and nervous to-night and when he is in that condition he says I soothe him.
  • Extract from : « Southern Lights and Shadows » by Various
  • He can tame tigers and panthers and soothe serpents and dragons.
  • Extract from : « The Chinese Fairy Book » by Various

Synonyms for soothe

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