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Saturday, December 13, 2003


\SOL-is\ , noun;
Comfort in time of grief; alleviation of grief or anxiety.
That which relieves in distress; that which cheers or consoles; a source of relief.
transitive verb:
To comfort or cheer in grief or affliction; to console.
To allay; to soothe; as, "to solace grief."
Surrounded by unhappiness at home, John Sr. early on found solace and certainty in the realm of science and technology.
-- Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
But immediately afterwards he dispels the agony by finding his customary solace in tales of chivalry.
-- Andre Philippus Brink, The Novel: Language and Narrative from Cervantes to Calvino
It provided some solace that three large, highly conservative insurance companies were willing to bet on my life.
-- Michael D. Eisner with Tony Schwartz, Work in Progress
Lillian's Lutheranism, with its harsh creed that suffering was a sign of God's favor, solaced her.
-- Lois W. Banner, Finding Fran
Solace comes from Latin solacium, from solari, "to comfort; to console."
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