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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.