besoothe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ soothe.

Verb[edit]

besoothe ‎(third-person singular simple present besoothes, present participle besoothing, simple past and past participle besoothed)

  1. (transitive) To soothe about or all over; comfort.
    • 1842, Robert Montgomery, Martin Luther, Luther: or, The spirit of the Reformation:
      Attracting downward some responsive grace Or balm which heal'd him, like the hand of God: Or haply music, (like the lyre of old, Tuned into magic by the sweeping touch Of David, when he charm'd the fiend from Saul,) Besoothed the spirit; till o'er all his frame A lulling softness exquisitely crept, And he was cradled in the charm of sound.
    • 1903, Thomas Ostenson Stine, Echoes from Dreamland:
      Nature then with rapture trembles, Music flows divine along To besoothe our restless feeling By the magic thrill of song.