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noun Also called sol·ace·ment.
  1. comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort.
  2. something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief: The minister's visit was the dying man's only solace.
verb (used with object), sol·aced, sol·ac·ing.
  1. to comfort, console, or cheer (a person, oneself, the heart, etc.).
  2. to alleviate or relieve (sorrow, distress, etc.).

Origin of solace

1250–1300; Middle English solas < Old French < Latin sōlācium, equivalent to sōl(ārī) to comfort + -āc- adj. suffix + -ium -ium
Related formssol·ac·er, nounun·sol·aced, adjectiveun·sol·ac·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. comfort in misery, disappointment, etc
  2. something that gives comfort or consolation
verb (tr)
  1. to give comfort or cheer to (a person) in time of sorrow, distress, etc
  2. to alleviate (sorrow, misery, etc)
Derived Formssolacer, noun

Word Origin for solace

C13: from Old French solas, from Latin sōlātium comfort, from sōlārī to console
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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.

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