solatium

noun
so·​la·​ti·​um | \ sō-ˈlā-shē-əm How to pronounce solatium (audio) \
plural solatia\ sō-​ˈlā-​shē-​ə How to pronounce solatia (audio) \

Definition of solatium

: a compensation (such as money) given as solace for suffering, loss, or injured feelings

Did You Know?

In legal circles, a solatium is a payment made to a victim as compensation for injured feelings or emotional pain and suffering (such as the trauma following the wrongful death of a relative), as distinct from payment for physical injury or for damaged property. Like many legal terms, solatium, which first appeared in English in the early 19th century, is a product of Latin, where the word means solace. The Latin noun is related to the verb solari, which means "to console" and from which we get our words solace and console.

First Known Use of solatium

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solatium

Late Latin solacium, solatium, from Latin, solace

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about solatium

Listen to Our Podcast about solatium

Dictionary Entries near solatium

Solaster

Solasteridae

solation

solatium

solay

sold

soldadera

Statistics for solatium

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for solatium

The first known use of solatium was in 1817

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for solatium

solatium

noun
so·​la·​ti·​um | \ sō-ˈlā-shē-əm How to pronounce solatium (audio) \
plural solatia\ -​shē-​ə \

Legal Definition of solatium

: compensation for grief or wounded feelings (as from the wrongful death of a relative)

History and Etymology for solatium

Late Latin solacium solatium, from Latin, solace

More from Merriam-Webster on solatium

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with solatium

Comments on solatium

What made you want to look up solatium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!