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[soh-ley-shee-uh m] /soʊˈleɪ ʃi əm/
noun, plural solatia
[soh-ley-shee-uh] /soʊˈleɪ ʃi ə/ (Show IPA)
something given in compensation for inconvenience, loss, injury, or the like; recompense.
Law. damages awarded to a plaintiff as compensation for personal suffering or grief arising from an injury.
Origin of solatium
1810-20; < Medieval Latin sōlātium, variant spelling of sōlācium, Latin: solace Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for solatium
Historical Examples
  • His reference to a "solatium" puzzled me, but it did not seem anything of consequence.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • At the same time, the head-clerk was given a handsome cheque as a solatium.

  • So Lupus gives it up, and says as his solatium: After all, Ive not broken my vow.

    Myths and Dreams Edward Clodd
  • As a solatium he was allowed to rule over the town of Guadix, whither he retired.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • Venice gave the commune of Cattaro an annual subvention as solatium.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • But this solatium to his feelings did not reach Yokohama until he was already on his way to England.

    A Diplomat in Japan Ernest Mason Satow
  • Whether this was true or was only meant as a solatium I do not know.

    My Autobiography F. Max Mller
  • He felt in his pocket to make sure of half-a-crown, as a solatium, in case Emma showed him out.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Shall we say that you leave Richmond this afternoon with a solatium of five hundred pounds?'

    The City in the Clouds C. Ranger Gull
  • (c) The Company shall receive as a solatium for the unexpired period of the concession an amount equal to one per cent.

    The Transvaal from Within J. P. Fitzpatrick
British Dictionary definitions for solatium


noun (pl) -tia (-ʃɪə)
(law, mainly US & Scot) compensation awarded to a party for injury to the feelings as distinct from physical suffering and pecuniary loss
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: see solace
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