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Sooth (?), a.; also adv. [Compar. Soother (#); superl. Soothest.] [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. , Skr. satya. 9. Cf. Absent, Am, Essence, Is, Soothe, Sutee.]

1.

True; faithful; trustworthy.

[Obs. or Scot.]

The sentence [meaning] of it sooth is, out of doubt. Chaucer.

That shall I sooth (said he) to you declare. Spensser.

2.

Pleasing; delightful; sweet.

[R.]

The soothest shepherd that ever piped on plains. Milton.

With jellies soother than the creamy curd. Keats.

 

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Sooth, n. [AS. s. See Sooth, a.]

1.

Truth; reality.

[Archaic]

The sooth it this, the cut fell to the knight. Chaucer.

In sooth, I know not why I am so sad. Shak.

In good sooth, Its mystery is love, its meaninng youth. Longfellow.

2.

Augury; prognostication.

[Obs.]

The soothe of birds by beating of their wings. Spenser.

3.

Blandishment; cajolery.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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