- 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.
- to comfort, console, or cheer (a person, oneself, the heart, etc.).
- to alleviate or relieve (sorrow, distress, etc.).
Origin of solace
Related Wordspity, condolence, consolation, assuagement, relief, alleviation, mitigate, console, comfort, upraise, soften, soothe, cheer, alleviate, allay, condolement
Examples from the Web for solace
That had to give them an enormous reservoir of moral strength and solace.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
The CDC, Fort Benning, and the solace of the prison all fail to give him the comfort of the past.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
Then he probably felt refuge and solace in someone who thinks that everything is wonderful and totally OK to do in this world.Michaela Watkins: Fired From ‘SNL’ To Hollywood’s Funniest Scene-Stealer
March 4, 2014
Doc Severinsen, when he retired from The Tonight Show, came for solace and relaxation and got that and much more.The Second Life of San Miguel de Allende
February 26, 2014
We pray that solace is found in the idea that Marlise Munoz is now at peace and her family may finally begin the mourning process.How To Avoid Brain Death Purgatory
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Robert M. Lober, MD, PhD
January 31, 2014
And what do you propose to give him in exchange for the solace that you take away?Earth's Holocaust (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
You will find in this draught a solace for all your troubles.Tanglewood Tales
But it brought no solace to the mind of the weak, hard-hearted, and guilty son.Salted With Fire
As it was, he not only bore it all joyfully but found in it solace and support. 'Father Sergius
When alone, they solace themselves with the remembered image of the other.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- comfort in misery, disappointment, etc
- something that gives comfort or consolation
- to give comfort or cheer to (a person) in time of sorrow, distress, etc
- to alleviate (sorrow, misery, etc)
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.