solace

verb
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

solace

noun

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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Other Words from solace

Verb

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

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Antonyms: Verb

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Noun

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 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, "‘After Emily’ Review: The Belles of Amherst," 25 Oct. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kahlo, so often betrayed by her physical self and defined by her infertility, found solace in her mind, in exploring iterations of her intellectual self. Alice Driver, Longreads, "What’s Love Got to Do With It?," 11 Aug. 2020 To find solace in the warmth and beauty of humankind’s vast creativity and acquired knowledge. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "The Home Library Is Now the Place to Be—and Take Zoom Meetings From," 7 Aug. 2020 While such adjustments could be on the cards, aspirants, and visa-holders can take some solace in the fact that there may not be another big whammy coming there way. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Trump’s latest offensive against H-1B visas is an election ploy based on misinformation," 4 Aug. 2020 Online training also offers a little bit of virtual solace. Linda Lombardi, Star Tribune, "Virtual training can be good for trainers, owners and dogs," 1 Aug. 2020 Amid a spate of museum closures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one London couple has found solace in a new institution that opened its doors earlier this month. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Quarantined Couple Builds Art Museum to Entertain Pet Gerbils," 8 Apr. 2020 But Romero and others take solace in the notion that once the pandemic settles down, the entire community will rally around her father’s memory and come together for a proper sendoff. Conrad Swanson, The Denver Post, "Lost to coronavirus: Dan Vigil, a Lafayette family man, dies," 1 Apr. 2020 There was only one small bit of solace to be found on a day when the Colts, who had such big ideas, laid an egg at Gillette Stadium. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 1-5, Peyton Manning's best," 12 July 2020 Amber and Ashley Carr have found solace in another initiative, Sisters of the Movement, an organization founded by women who lost siblings to police violence, including Sandra Bland's, Terence Crutcher's and Shantel Davis'. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "As a nation cries for justice in police killings, Atatiana Jefferson's siblings demand she not be forgotten," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of solace

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solace. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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solace

noun

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

solace

noun
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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