Soothe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soothed p. pr. & vb. n. Soothing.]
1. To assent to as true. [Obs.]
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.
v 1: give moral or emotional strength to [syn: comfort, console,
2: cause to feel better; "the medicine soothes the pain of the
inflammation" [ant: irritate]