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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
Companies of the future have to adjust to an opportunistic mindset of competing in a fray of increasing unknowns, instead of seeking solace in over-confident predictions that confirm pre-disposed biases.
For those of us who, like Coates, find solace in being part of a community and lineage of black writers, West’s critique breaks the promise of that community.
The upheaval in India’s $154 billion tech outsourcing industry has prompted thousands of Indians to seek solace in online therapy services.
Both of these signs share more traditional views on romance, and like to build safe domestic environments (crabs seek solace in their shells, while goats retreat to their secluded caves).
Two tragic guests, in the face of unreality, seek solace together.
Once Milne's first two Pooh books start flying off the shelves - thanks to a public seeking solace in the aftermath of a ruinous war - the movie experiences a jarring tonal shift that some critics chastised in early reviews.
In this soul-deadening freeze, who wouldn’t seek solace in a bottle?
And now according to multiple sources, Robert is seeking solace from longtime friend Katy Perry.
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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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