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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soothnoun

    truth or reality

    "in sooth"


  1. soothnoun


    In sooth, I know not why I am so sad. - William Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene 1)

  2. soothadjective


  3. Etymology: sooth, from soþ, from sanþaz, from es-ont-, from es-. Akin to soþ, sand, sannr, 0343033F033D033E0330, seon, synn. More at sin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Soothadjective

    Pleasing; delightful.

    Etymology: soð , Saxon.

    Some other means I have,
    Which once of Melibæus old I learn’d,
    The soothest shepherd that e’er pip’d on plains. John Milton.

  2. Soothnoun

    Truth; reality. Obsolete.

    Etymology: soð , Saxon.

    Sir, understand you this of me in sooth,
    Th’ youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,
    Her father keeps from all access of suitors,
    Until the eldest sister first be wed. William Shakespeare.

    That e’er this tongue of mine,
    That laid the sentence of dread banishment
    On yond proud man, should take it off again
    With words of sooth. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    He looks like sooth: he says he loves my daughter;
    I think so too; for never gaz’d the moon
    Upon the water, as he’ll stand and read
    My daughter’s eyes. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    If I have any skill in soothsaying, as in sooth I have none, it doth prognosticate that I shall change caps. William Camden, Rem.

    The very sooth of it is, that an ill habit has the force of an ill fate. Roger L'Estrange.

    I did not mean to chide you;
    For, sooth to say, I hold it noble in you
    To cherish the distress’d. Nicholas Rowe.

  3. To SOOTHverb

    Etymology: gefoðian , Saxon.

    In soothing them, we nourish ’gainst our senate
    The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition. William Shakespeare.

    Can I sooth tyranny?
    Seem pleas’d to see my royal master murder’d,
    His crown usurp’d, a distaff in the throne? Dryden.

    By his fair daughter is the chief confin’d,
    Who sooths to dear delight his anxious mind;
    Successless all her soft caresses prove,
    To banish from his breast his country’s love. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Thinks he that Memnon, soldier as he is,
    Thoughtless and dull, will listen to his soothing? Nicholas Rowe.

    I’ve try’d the force of every reason on him,
    Sooth’d and caress’d, been angry, sooth’d again;
    Laid safety, life, and interest in his sight;
    But all are vain, he scorns them all for Cato. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The beldame
    Sooths her with blandishments, and frights with threats. Dry.

    This calm’d his cares; sooth’d with his future fame,
    And pleas’d to hear his propagated name. Dryden.


  1. sooth

    Truth is the property of being in accord with fact or reality. In everyday language, truth is typically ascribed to things that aim to represent reality or otherwise correspond to it, such as beliefs, propositions, and declarative sentences.Truth is usually held to be the opposite of falsehood. The concept of truth is discussed and debated in various contexts, including philosophy, art, theology, and science. Most human activities depend upon the concept, where its nature as a concept is assumed rather than being a subject of discussion; these include most of the sciences, law, journalism, and everyday life. Some philosophers view the concept of truth as basic, and unable to be explained in any terms that are more easily understood than the concept of truth itself. Most commonly, truth is viewed as the correspondence of language or thought to a mind-independent world. This is called the correspondence theory of truth. Various theories and views of truth continue to be debated among scholars, philosophers, and theologians. There are many different questions about the nature of truth which are still the subject of contemporary debates, such as: the question of defining truth. If it is even possible to give an informative definition of truth. Identifying things are truth-bearers and are therefore capable of being true or false. If truth and falsehood are bivalent, or if there are other truth values. Identifying the criteria of truth that allow us to identify it and to distinguish it from falsehood. The role that truth plays in constituting knowledge. And if truth is always absolute, or if it can be relative to one's perspective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sooth

    true; faithful; trustworthy

  2. Sooth

    pleasing; delightful; sweet

  3. Soothadjective

    truth; reality

  4. Soothadjective

    augury; prognostication

  5. Soothadjective

    blandishment; cajolery

  6. Etymology: [OE. soth, AS. s, for san; akin to OS. s, OHG. sand, Icel. sannr, Sw. sann, Dan. sand, Skr. sat, sant, real, genuine, present, being; properly p. pr. from a root meaning, to be, Skr. as, L. esse; also akin to Goth. sunjis true, Gr. 'eteo`s, Skr. satya. 9. Cf. Absent, Am, Essence, Is, Soothe, Sutee.]


  1. Sooth

    Saunth, is a sweet chutney used in Indian chaats. It is made from dried ginger and imli paste, hence the name. The chutney is brownish-red in colour. Modern sooth is often made with dates. However, sooth made with dried ginger adds a special flavour to the chaat and is preferred in most parts of North India.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sooth

    sōōth, n. truth, reality.—adj. true: pleasing.—adv. indeed.—adj. Sooth′fast, truthful, honest, faithful.—adv. Sooth′fastly.—n. Sooth′fastness.—advs. Sooth′ly, Sooth′lich (Spens.), truly, indeed.—v.i. Sooth′say, to foretell, to divine.—ns. Sooth′sayer, one who divines, esp. a pretender to the power; Sooth′saying, divination, prediction. [A.S. sóth, true; Ice. sannr, true.]

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Anagrams for sooth »

  1. shoot

  2. Sotho

  3. toosh

  4. hoots

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sooth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sooth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sooth in a Sentence

  1. Philip Sidney:

    With a tale, for sooth, he comet unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.

  2. Derek Burleton:

    At the margin, it's reassuring. It's not a robust employment report but given all the negativity it might help to sooth some of the recent fears, we've just had so much bad news - oil, falling further - just such a bad start to the year that it's nice to get a bit of data that was a little bit better than consensus.

  3. Francois Rabelais:

    In sooth, it is a shame to choose rather to be still borrowing in all places, from everybody, than to work and win.

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    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
    • A. inspire
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