[soh-ley-shee-uh m]

noun, plural so·la·ti·a [soh-ley-shee-uh] /soʊˈleɪ ʃi ə/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for solatium

Historical Examples of solatium

  • At the same time, the head-clerk was given a handsome cheque as a solatium.

  • So Lupus gives it up, and says as his solatium: After all, Ive not broken my vow.

    Myths and Dreams

    Edward Clodd

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for solatium


noun plural -tia (-ʃɪə)

law, mainly US and Scot compensation awarded to a party for injury to the feelings as distinct from physical suffering and pecuniary loss

Word Origin for solatium

C19: from Latin: see solace
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