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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.
Synonymsassure, cheer, console, reassure, comfort, soothe
Antonymsdistress, torment, torture, trouble
Related Wordscommiserate, condole, empathize, sympathize; boost, buoy (up), elevate, lift, uplift; allay, alleviate, assuage, relieve; calm, quiet, relax, tranquilize (also tranquillize)
Near Antonymsdemoralize, discourage, dishearten; fret, upset, worry; aggravate, intensify, worsen; annoy, irk, irritate; harass, pester
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
Brown likes where Michigan's at in these situations, though, as he's tipped his cap to a few accurate passes by opposing quarterbacks and taken solace in the fact that his defensive backs weren't lost in concept.
While the offense’s ceiling is higher with a healthy Sam Bradford under center, Diggs and Thielen owners can take solace in knowing that Keenum can keep the trains running on time.
The trio was never a critical favorite (No. 75 on NotInHallofFame.com, the website that ranks artists who aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), but the singers could take solace in their bank accounts.
Some went to the woods and found solace there; Knut Haugland joined the Kon Tiki expedition, lived on a raft, and found peace there.
Bam Adebayo took no solace in the fact the odds were stacked against him.
His remarks from the White House on Monday were the prelude to a two-part test of whether Trump, a leader who excels at political provocation, can also deliver solace.
The illness the Millers wish not to discuss robbed Alyssa of so much so soon, but seeing Shae live life with such passion since the heart transplant has provided some solace.
Their voices serve as a chorus of sorts that help me find clarity, resolutions, and solace.
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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").
Origin and Etymology of solace
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymscheer, consolation, relief, comfort
Related Wordsencouragement, inspiration, uplift; assurance, reassurance; alleviation, assuagement, mitigation; contentment, gladness, happiness; commiseration, empathy, sympathy; aid, assistance, help, succor
Near Antonymscold comfort; anguish, distress, heartache, heartbreak, torment, torture
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