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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
The 29-year-old is a tutoring club owner who finds solace in daily prayer and meditation.
In the circus of Jay’s public redemption tour, has Beyoncé found solace?
The first takes place in the aftermath of World War II, as two soldiers find solace in each other’s arms.
While some bemoan the loss of the sun over the weekend, Portlanders susceptible to pollen and other particulates can find solace in knowing the spring status quo is returning for the weekend.
Perhaps a giant child, clearly different from his peers, found solace in an alternate reality.
Kentae, who’d been in state custody since birth had always found solace in water according to a child services employee, splashed.
An overflow crowd sought solace with laughter and funny memories and occasional sobs.
That his fans were largely his age spoke directly to the isolation that comes with youth, and the rapper sought solace in their company – and vice versa – by endlessly engaging with them and offering to call any one of them who needed an ear.
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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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