A Word A Day : Solace
Friday, 2nd May 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb & Noun )
Past and past participle : solaced
Present participle : solacing
3rd person present singular : solaces
Pronunciation : sól-less
1. comfort at a time of sadness, grief, or disappointment
2. somebody or something that provides comfort at a time of sadness, grief, or disappointment
3. to comfort somebody at a time of sadness, grief or disappointment
4. to give hope to in time of grief or pain
13th century - Via French - Latin solatium - solari - to comfort
consolation, console, soothe, comfort, peace, give comfort, peace
trouble, upset, worry, discord, disharmony
• They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper.
• The third are gratiosi, favorites; such as exceed not this scantling, to be solace to the sovereign, and harmless to the people.
• The minister's visit was the dying man's only solace.
• His poverty drove him to seek increasing solace in alcohol.
• His music was a solace to me during my illness.
• Surrounded by unhappiness at home, John Sr. early on found solace and certainty in the realm of science and technology.
• But immediately afterwards he dispels the agony by finding his customary solace in tales of chivalry.
• It provided some solace that three large, highly conservative insurance companies were willing to bet on my life.
• Lillian's Lutheranism, with its harsh creed that suffering was a sign of God's favor, solaced her.
• solacer : Noun
• solaces : Noun - Plural
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