- something given in compensation for inconvenience, loss, injury, or the like; recompense.
- Law. damages awarded to a plaintiff as compensation for personal suffering or grief arising from an injury.
Origin of solatium
1810–20; < Medieval Latin sōlātium, variant spelling of sōlācium, Latin: solace
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Examples from the Web for solatium
At the same time, the head-clerk was given a handsome cheque as a solatium.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
So Lupus gives it up, and says as his solatium: After all, Ive not broken my vow.Myths and Dreams
His reference to a "solatium" puzzled me, but it did not seem anything of consequence.The Yeoman Adventurer
George W. Gough
Whether this was true or was only meant as a solatium I do not know.My Autobiography
F. Max Mller
Venice gave the commune of Cattaro an annual subvention as solatium.The Shores of the Adriatic
F. Hamilton Jackson
- law, mainly US and Scot compensation awarded to a party for injury to the feelings as distinct from physical suffering and pecuniary loss
C19: from Latin: see solace