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Examples of solace in a Sentence
- 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.
Examples of solace in a Sentence
- 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
Recent Examples of solace from the Web
Musgrove answered the bell, bringing a measure of solace to Pirates fans, not to mention GM Neal Huntington, who have had to watch Cole morph into an AL Cy Young contender.
The marginal council, on the outskirts of Birmingham, may be one of the few sources of solace for the Tories.
But there is a mote of solace that bears repeating: Hair is just a piece of our identity.
The hit effectively ended the Frenchman’s day and though Rahal was penalized for avoidable contact, that was of little solace to Pagenaud, who plummets down the championship standings.
His words cut through the chaos and the discomfort and offered a bit of solace to a wobbling institution.
There’s one quantum of solace for those fearful of a looming Treasury test: Major remains a bull on the longer end of the curve, thanks in part to structural forces, demographics and capital flows.
But after a lifetime of watching those closest to her die -- her mother, her husband, her newborn son and now her 15-year-old daughter -- Josephine Louise Newcomb found a measure of solace in philanthropy.
Boundary Rooftop: The conservatory at The Boundary offers a moment of solace above the streets of bustling Shoreditch.
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Take solace In This Word Origin
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").
SOLACE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solace for English Language Learners
: someone or something that gives a feeling of comfort to a person who is sad, depressed, etc. : a source of comfort
SOLACE Defined for Kids
Definition of solace for Students
- I'll seek solace in friends.
- Books were his only solace.
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