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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.
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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.).
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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
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Related Words

pity, condolence, consolation, assuagement, relief, alleviation, mitigate, console, comfort, upraise, soften, soothe, cheer, alleviate, allay, condolement

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British Dictionary definitions for solace


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

Word Origin

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.

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"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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