In France, we are supposed to salve our consciences with the knowledge that draft horses are raised to be eaten.
Its readership expands in times when more of us need its particular brand of salve.
In one scene, an unnamed housekeeper recommends shopping in Montecito as a salve for acute sexual jealousy.
As his trademark, President salve Kiir proudly wears a black cowboy hat given to him by President George W. Bush.
Then came remedies: the powder, the salve, the wondrous elixir.
Thereupon I took occasion to give them some pictures, and to erect a cross before their wigwams, singing a salve Regina.
And he hollered the first thing that "he wanted some of Hall's salve."
It was a poor attempt to salve over a wound wantonly and most ungenerously inflicted.
His wounded pride demanded a salve to be procured at any cost.
In both cases, of course, the salve or ointment was applied to the weapon.
Old English sealf "healing ointment," from West Germanic *salbo- "oily substance" (cf. Old Saxon salba, Middle Dutch salve, Dutch zalf, Old High German salba, German salbe "ointment"), from PIE *solpa-, from root *selp- "fat, butter" (cf. Greek elpos "fat, oil," Sanskrit sarpis "melted butter"). The figurative sense of "something to soothe wounded pride, etc." is from 1736.
Old English sealfian "anoint (a wound) with salve," from Proto-Germanic *salbojanan (cf. Dutch zalven, German salben, Gothic salbon "to anoint"), from the root of salve (n.). Figurative use from c.1200. Related: Salved; salving.
"to save from loss at sea," 1706, back-formation from salvage (n.) or salvable. Related: Salved; salving.
salve (sāv, säv)
An analgesic or medicinal ointment.