Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More

September 13, 2011

Word of the Day

  • solace
  • audio pronunciation
  • \SAH-lus\
  • DEFINITION

noun

1
: alleviation of grief or anxiety
2
: a source of relief or consolation
  • EXAMPLES

After her husband’s death, Mary often found solace in reminiscing about him with their mutual friends.

"In the last few years, Niagara Hospice has added creative services to its repertoire of solace and comfort, and found more ways to help more people … including having teen volunteers make videos of people telling their life stories, offering meal delivery and providing gift tote bags with handmade lap quilts inside." -- From an article by Michelle Kearns in the Buffalo News (New York), July 24, 2011

  • DID YOU KNOW?

"Solace" was borrowed into English in the 14th century (via Anglo-French) from Latin "solacium," which in turn derives from the Latin verb "solari," meaning "to console." As you may have guessed, "solari" is also the source of the English words "console" and "consolation" (formed by combination with the prefix "com-"). In addition to the noun function, "solace" can be used as a verb ("he was solaced by the company of his children"). Also related are the nouns "solacer" ("one who solaces") and "solacement" ("an act of solacing or the condition of being solaced" or "something that solaces").

Test Your Memory: What is the meaning of "torpor," our Word of the Day from August 27? The answer is ...

  • MORE WORDS OF THE DAY

Visit our archives to see previous selections ยป

  • FEATURED ITEM FROM OUR STORE

An expressive t-shirt:

"Use Your Words"

Browse all items »

  • PODCAST

Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP

  • SUBSCRIBE

Subscribe to the Word of the Day e-mail

Manage Your Account