solace

verb
so·​lace | \ ˈsä-ləs also ˈsō- How to pronounce solace (audio) \
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
so·​lace | \ ˈsä-ləs also ˈsō- How to pronounce solace (audio) \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for solace

Synonyms: Verb

assure, cheer, comfort, console, reassure, soothe

Synonyms: Noun

cheer, comfort, consolation, relief

Antonyms: Verb

distress, torment, torture, trouble

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Take Solace in This Word Origin

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

The Trump administration should not be too quick to take solace in Beijing’s dilemma. Michael Singh, WSJ, "Beijing’s Curious Silence on the Syria Withdrawal," 8 Jan. 2019 The new iPad Pro might be the best fit for those who want its slick, new design, and to take solace in owning the most powerful tablet that Apple has created yet. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Last year’s iPad Pro is more affordable than ever at B&H Photo," 5 Dec. 2018 So please sit back and relax, and take solace in this journey into the familiar territory of England dropping out of a major tournament. SI.com, "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 The great poet has volunteered to give solace to the wounded and dying in Civil War hospitals. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Walt Whitman's operatic America in 'Crossing' gets its West Coast premiere," 27 May 2018 The Democrats, though, have been taking solace in special election results since Donald Trump became President. Harry Enten, CNN, "Recent special elections suggest Democrats may not ride a wave in November," 24 May 2018 Yet the example of 1968 can give us solace, too, in one important respect. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "1968, fascinating 50 years later, was nerve-racking to live through," 11 Jan. 2018 Tveidt says having answers to the lifelong questions about his origins has afforded him a new sense of solace. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box 32 years ago. Against the odds, he found his biological father.," 12 July 2018 Somehow Not a Real-Life All-Star but Still a Fantasy All-Star Team provides a tiny measure of solace. Michael Beller, SI.com, "A Look at The Fantasy All-Stars Who Should Find Themselves in D.C.," 9 July 2018

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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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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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