Origin of balm
Synonyms for balm
Related Words for balmointment, potion, salve, lotion, solace, consolation, palliative, preparation, emollient, analgesic, unction, dressing, unguent, application, compound, medicine, prescription, formula, poultice, cream
Examples from the Web for balm
Contemporary Examples of balm
Gwen Ifill of NewsHour called Dawkins “our balm and our rock” at his funeral.Six Months After Newtown, Gun Violence & Debate Continue
June 14, 2013
Luckily, however, de Botton is insightful enough that he manages to provide some balm for the anxieties of any paycheck slave.Loving the Daily Grind
June 4, 2009
Michelle Obama is a balm to dark-skinned and insecure Negro women.Michelle vs. the All-American Jackass
March 25, 2009
Historical Examples of balm
As usual, balm was on his lips, and I found encouragement and support.
I crave for the balm of Nature, the anodyne of solitude, the breath of Mother Earth.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
I have no call for that: and that has no balm for the wounds of my mind.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
If Godwin had pricked men's consciences, Malthus brought the balm.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
And of a truth, work is the balm of the sore mind of the world.The Book of Khalid
Word Origin for balm
early 13c., basme, aromatic substance made from resins and oils, from Old French basme (Modern French baume), from Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon "balsam," from Hebrew basam "spice," related to Aramaic busma, Arabic basham "balsam, spice, perfume."
Spelling refashioned 15c.-16c. on Latin model. Sense of "healing or soothing influence" (1540s) is from aromatic preparations from balsam (see balsam). Biblical Balm of Gilead, however, began with Coverdale; the Hebrew word there is tsori, which was rendered in Septuagint and Vulgate as "resin" (Greek rhetine, Latin resina).