so·lace | \ˈsä-ləs 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


so·lace | \ˈsä-ləs also ˈsō- \

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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solacement \ˈsä-ləs-mənt 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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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


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.


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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Existing as the shy kid who takes solace in the outdoors. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage.. A One Tree Hill reboot may never happen, but at least fans can take solace in knowing that the cast will be reunited on the small screen once more., "The One Tree Hill Cast Is Making A Christmas Movie," 13 June 2018 Louisville can at least take solace in the fact that Connecticut suffered the same astonishing, agonizing fate. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Despite loss, Louisville women's basketball helped make Final Four history in Columbus," 1 Apr. 2018 The difference between 89 and 90 is functionally meaningless, but 89 seems to offer hope, solace. Chris Lykins, San Antonio Express-News, "Weekend Weather: Saturday is summer's not-so-subtle reminder," 10 Mar. 2018 Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald offered some solace by teaming with Kevin Streelman to win the pro-am competition. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tiger Woods’ wayward play mightcost him dearly at Riviera," 14 Feb. 2018 At least New Yorkers can take solace in the fact that Boston, another city known for owning its rude reputation, didn't even crack the top five. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Miami Named Rudest City in America," 6 July 2016 Former Yoga Journal editor Andrea Feretti's free podcast provides solace from the grind of the news cycle. Blanca Myers, WIRED, "From Mats to Hoodies, 9 Ways to Elevate Your Yoga Practice," 24 June 2018 There may be some solace from the heat on Sunday, as forecasters are predicting the possibility of a few strong to severe thunderstorms developing in the late afternoon into the evening. Maria Clark,, "It could feel like 110 degrees in New Orleans this weekend, as heat index climbs," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of solace


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solace


see solace entry 2


Middle English solas, from Anglo-French, from Latin solacium, from solari to console

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English Language Learners Definition of solace

: someone or something that gives a feeling of comfort to a person who is sad, depressed, etc. : a source of comfort


so·lace | \ˈsä-ləs, 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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