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[sol-is] /ˈsɒl ɪs/
noun, Also called solacement
comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort.
something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief:
The minister's visit was the dying man's only solace.
verb (used with object), solaced, solacing.
to comfort, console, or cheer (a person, oneself, the heart, etc.).
to alleviate or relieve (sorrow, distress, etc.).
Origin of solace
1250-1300; Middle English solas < Old French < Latin sōlācium, equivalent to sōl(ārī) to comfort + -āc- adj. suffix + -ium -ium
Related forms
solacer, noun
unsolaced, adjective
unsolacing, adjective Unabridged
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  • Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity; children love them; tender, contented, ordinary people love them.

    Arbor Day Leaves N.H. Egleston
  • Can you comfort him these few days, and trust to God for your solace afterward?

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Mrs. Chump sighed heavily, crumpling the notes, that the crisp sweet sound might solace her for the hard condition.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • To lash somebody, anybody, with his tongue would have been a solace.

    The Wall Between Sara Ware Bassett
  • These dreams are the solace of poverty; they keep back the tears in the eyes of the young and the hungry.

British Dictionary definitions for solace


comfort in misery, disappointment, etc
something that gives comfort or consolation
verb (transitive)
to give comfort or cheer to (a person) in time of sorrow, distress, etc
to alleviate (sorrow, misery, etc)
Derived Forms
solacer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French solas, from Latin sōlātium comfort, from sōlārī to console
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Word Origin and History for solace

"comfort in grief, consolation," late 13c., from Old French solaz "pleasure, entertainment, enjoyment; solace, comfort," from Latin solacium "a soothing, assuaging; comfort, consolation," from solatus, past participle of solari "to console, soothe," from PIE *sol-a-, suffixed form of root *sele- "of good mood; to favor" (cf. Old English gesælig "happy;" see silly). Adjectival form solacious is attested 16c.-17c.


"comfort, console in grief," late 13c.; also in Middle English "entertain, amuse, please," from Old French solacier "comfort, console" (often with a sexual connotation) and directly from Medieval Latin solatiare "give solace, console" (source also of Spanish solazar, Italian sollazzare), from Latin solacium (see solace (n.)). Related: Solaced; solacing.

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