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.).

1250–1300; Middle English solas < Old French < Latin sōlācium, equivalent to sōl(ārī) to comfort + -āc- adj. suffix + -ium -ium

solacer, noun
unsolaced, adjective
unsolacing, adjective Unabridged
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solace (ˈsɒlɪs)
1.  comfort in misery, disappointment, etc
2.  something that gives comfort or consolation
3.  to give comfort or cheer to (a person) in time of sorrow, distress, etc
4.  to alleviate (sorrow, misery, etc)
[C13: from Old French solas, from Latin sōlātium comfort, from sōlārī to console]

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Main Entry:  solace1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  alleviation or comfort
Etymology:  Latin solari 'to comfort, console'
Main Entry:  solace1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to console; to soothe
Etymology:  Latin solari 'to comfort, console'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  solace2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  pleasure, amusement; enjoyment; the source of pleasure, amusement, or enjoyment
Etymology:  Latin solari 'to comfort, console'
Main Entry:  solace2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to cheer or amuse
Etymology:  Latin solari 'to comfort, console'
Usage:  transitive's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

"comfort, consolation," late 13c., from O.Fr. solas, from L. solacium, from solatus, pp. of solari "to console, soothe," from PIE base *sel- "of good mood, to favor" (cf. Gk. hilaros "merry," O.E. gesælig "happy;" see silly). The verb is recorded from c.1300.
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Example sentences
Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.
They gave him stories from history and also solace during his long recovery
  from polio.
It was, he told her, the only song that could bring them solace.
Sometimes a moment of laughter gives a solace in their life.
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