solace

verb
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

solace

noun
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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Other Words from solace

Verb

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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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

Still grieving, Mason finds solace in a new friendship with little Calvin Chumsky and with a wonderful dog that unfortunately belongs to Mason’s chief tormentor at school. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Heavyweight Contenders," 22 Nov. 2018 Many other young stars have found solace in Hillsong, some with a recommendation from Bieber, and some on their own, making the church's Sunday services feel more like a press junket. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It," 3 Aug. 2018 While Natalia Vodianova found solace in a sauna, Marie-Amélie Sauvé took her pause in a more perpendicular pose. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Karlie Kloss, Zoë Kravitz, and More," 29 July 2018 Getting involved with local relief efforts in the community can provide a strong sense of solace and security. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "For Those Grappling With California Wildfires, Dangerous Air Quality Is a New Risk," 16 Nov. 2018 Princess Diana found solace at the gym during some of the darkest moments of her short life. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana didn't want to divorce Prince Charles, claims former personal trainer: 'She married for love'," 7 Sep. 2018 That's likely of little solace to PS4 players who want to take the game on the go with their Switch and who received no previous warning that playing on Sony's system would effectively hold their account hostage to that console for all time. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony is locking Fortnite accounts to PS4, and players are mad," 14 June 2018 The fact payments using Mastercard Inc. and Amex cards were going through proved little solace to some consumers. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Visa Experiences ‘Service Disruption’ in Parts of Europe," 1 June 2018 That's of little solace to Indiana's agriculture industry, which would be slapped with 25 percent tariffs on its main exports. Brian Slodysko, Post-Tribune, "Agriculture experts troubled by Indiana's GOP Senate candidates' tariff talk," 16 Apr. 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

Verb

see solace entry 2

Noun

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

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solace

noun

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

solace

noun
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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