so·​lace | \ ˈsä-ləs How to pronounce solace (audio) also ˈsō- \
solaced; solacing

Definition of solace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give comfort to in grief or misfortune : console
2a : to make cheerful
b : amuse
3 : allay, soothe solace grief



Definition of solace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : comfort in grief : alleviation of grief or anxiety
2 : a source of relief or consolation

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solacement \ ˈsä-​ləs-​mənt How to pronounce solace (audio) also  ˈsō-​ \ noun
solacer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for solace

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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").

Examples of solace in a Sentence

Verb Solaced by an abundance of whisky, champagne and cigars, he always bounced back, restoring and recreating himself through intensely active immersion in one or another of his varied interests … — Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 23 Oct. 1988 In this deplorable state, I contrived to do, what I take to have been, three Objective things. I got Mr. Franklin his sherry; I retired to my own room; and I solaced myself with the most composing pipe of tobacco I ever remember to have smoked in my life. — Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, 1868 … and it was settled that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning if Miss Bennet were not decidedly better. Bingley was quite uncomfortable; his sisters declared that they were miserable. They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper … — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813 counselors did their best to solace the bereaved children I solaced myself with a book while I waited for the bus. Noun Think your city's suffering? Imagine if your favorite team bolted town after 41 seasons, not for some cosmopolitan burg but a dusty outpost where oil derricks qualify as urban skyline. Now imagine turning to your city's other teams for solace only to find each to be avert-your-eyes abysmal. — Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated, 10 Nov. 2008 It's important to explain what's going on, but some parents tell their child too much—about being lonely and frightened, about dates they're going on. Instead of the parent offering emotional solace to the child, the child is expected to provide it for the adult. People, 4 Mar. 2002 Poe's poem is a morbidly sentimental threnody on the same theme: the speaker blames the envious angels for taking his beloved from this world, and finds solace in lying beside her grave. — David Lodge, The Art of Fiction, 1992 Her presence was a great solace for me. the kind words brought a little solace to the grieving widow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Identifying and utilizing wild edible plants is an ancient skill set that in modern times is a fun outdoor activity that provides food and solace away from everyday life. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 19 Mar. 2021 Among the misery and isolation of 2020, my secret Instagram became a portal to solace and a newer self. Jason Parham, Wired, 28 Dec. 2020 Against this backdrop of vulnerability, BTS also offered audiences solace through eye-catching stages. Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, 26 Dec. 2020 That should give others solace for when Santa makes his wider rounds on December 24. Ryan Prior, CNN, 19 Dec. 2020 Gardens bring joy, delight, sustenance and even solace. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2020 Having left her 1-year-old daughter, Millicent, in Washington with her parents, Mabel solaced herself with the bustle of dinners, carriage rides, musicales and games of whist mainly organized by the town’s eminent couple, Susan and Austin Dickinson. Brenda Wineapple, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a shy kid who struggled with his weight and the pain of not fitting in, Chris Baron found solace in science-fiction and fantasy books. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 These days, Bennett, 74, finds solace in the same home after a friend bought it and rented it back to him. Arkansas Online, 3 June 2021 Both extol the importance of the simple things: Amouzame makes sure to wash her face at night and play music, while Glover finds solace in her morning routine: drinking tea and taking a bath with salts. Akili King, Vogue, 20 May 2021 In her grief, Zauner finds solace in making pine nut porridge, watching families shop for snacks at H Mart and digging into fresh seafood from a fish market in Busan, South Korea. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2021 Intent on drinking himself to death, a man who has lost everything finds solace with a Las Vegas hooker. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 With LeAndra and Thomas each putting in 80-hour workweeks, the family finds solace in off-days together at home, with video games and Netflix. al, 31 Dec. 2020 Diaz finds solace in that all of his 20 committed prospects this cycle pledged with the Hurricanes before their 8-1 start to the season when Miami didn’t appear that desirable after a 6-7 season in 2019. David Furones,, 13 Dec. 2020 Orphaned Beth, played as a young woman by Anya Taylor-Joy, finds solace in the game and escape in the substance abuse that could undermine her life and dazzling success. Wire Services, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of solace


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solace

Noun and Verb

Middle English solas, from Anglo-French, from Latin solacium, from solari to console

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“Solace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of solace

formal : someone or something that gives a feeling of comfort to a person who is sad, depressed, etc. : a source of comfort


so·​lace | \ ˈsä-ləs How to pronounce solace (audio) , ˈsō- \

Kids Definition of solace

1 : comfort in times of sorrow or worry I'll seek solace in friends.
2 : something that gives comfort Books were his only solace.

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