solace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v solace give moral or emotional strength to
    • n solace the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction "his presence was a consolation to her"
    • n solace the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment "second place was no consolation to him"
    • n solace comfort in disappointment or misery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solace Comfort in grief; alleviation of grief or anxiety; also, that which relieves in distress; that which cheers or consoles; relief. "In business of mirth and of solace .""The proper solaces of age are not music and compliments, but wisdom and devotion."
    • Solace Rest; relaxation; ease. "To make his steed some solace ."
    • Solace To allay; to assuage; to soothe; as, to solace grief.
    • Solace To cheer in grief or under calamity; to comfort; to relieve in affliction, solitude, or discomfort; to console; -- applied to persons; as, to solace one with the hope of future reward.
    • v. i Solace To take comfort; to be cheered.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n solace Comfort in sorrow, sadness, or misfortune; alleviation of distress or of discomfort.
    • n solace That which gives relief, comfort, or alleviation under any affliction or burden.
    • n solace Sport; pleasure; delight; amusement; recreation; happiness.
    • n solace In printing, the penalty prescribed by the early printers for a violation of office rules. Synonyms and
    • solace To cheer in grief, trouble, or despondency; console under affliction or calamity; comfort.
    • solace To allay; assuage; soothe: as, to solace grief by sympathy.
    • solace To amuse; delight; give pleasure to: sometimes used reflexively.
    • solace Synonyms and . See solace, n.
    • solace To take comfort; be consoled or relieved in grief.
    • solace To take pleasure or delight; be amused; enjoy one's self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Solace sol′ās consolation, comfort in distress: relief:
    • v.t Solace to comfort in distress: to console: to allay
    • n Solace sol′ās (obs.) pleasure, amusement
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
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    “Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?”
  • John Barbour
    John Barbour
    “Freedom all solace to man gives: He lives at ease that freely lives.”
  • Martin Luther
    Martin%20Luther
    “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”
  • Lorraine Anderson
    Lorraine Anderson
    “Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. solas, ssoulaz, L. solacium, solatium, fr. solari, to comfort, console. Cf. Console (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. solas—L. solatiumsolāri, -ātus, to comfort in distress.

Usage

In literature:

Hence, being English, they mingled respect with their solacing pity.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Will the alliance for Gunnar's solace henceforth prove, or even for mine?
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
But there was a solace, which saved him from absolute misery.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
There was no solace for him but to bite.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes, Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close.
"Pipe and Pouch" by Various
In the ordinances of the Church he sought to find solace for a sinful and a troubled spirit.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
There was an unfairness about it that perplexed Frederick, until he found solace in dwelling upon the failure Tom had made of life.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
Shivering, he put his arm around her, seeking solace, not love.
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
The only solace to his own trouble lay in his attempts to relieve hers.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
It was thus that he spoke of the object of my visit, of his earnest desire to see me, and of the solace he expected me to afford him.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
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In poetry:

Evening sunshine never
Solace to my window bears,
Morning sunshine elsewhere fares;—
Here are shadows ever.
"A Sigh" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
"Wait, maiden, wait! if none are here
Bearing a charm to charm a tear,
There may (who knows?) be found at last
Some solace for the sorrow past."
"Aletheia To Phraortes" by Walter Savage Landor
Sweet is the solace of Thy love,
My Heavenly Friend, to me,
While through the hidden way of faith
I journey home with Thee,
Learning by quiet thankfulness
As a dear child to be.
"Sweet Is The Solace Of Thy Love" by Anna Laetitia Waring
What torture like to this hath man e'er given
A dying martyr—but who hopes no Heaven!
No solace for my heart—no guerdon for my pain;
But ever doomed to love!—and ever thus in vain!
"To Her" by Ernest Jones
I trust not to thy phantom bliss,
Yet, still, in evening's quiet hour,
With never-failing thankfulness,
I welcome thee, Benignant Power;
Sure solacer of human cares,
And sweeter hope, when hope despairs!
"To Imagination" by Emily Jane Bronte
O there are hours so dark and dull,
That nought of earthly light can cheer;
Hours full of fear—and sorrowful—
When the worn spirit has no ear
For comfort, and its misery
Can find no solace but from Thee.
"Hope in God" by John Bowring

In news:

Searching for solace , fighting for gun law change.
Despite challenges, mountain beekeepers find sweet solace in efforts.
The tiny new European Ford Ka appears in the new Bond movie "Quantum of Solace".
What solace hath the unemployed working man.
Words are my constant companion, my solace, my connection to humanity.
BALTIMORE—If Charlie Batch doesn't start another game for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, the 37-year-old quarterback can take solace in knowing he went out on a decidedly high note.
Just divorced and alone in a new home, this southeast Michigan woman found solace, joy and a new community through the local rug rats.
Now, the mixed-breed dog has found a home with an Athens family and has quickly become a source of solace for a troubled boy.
Now, four years after "Quantum of Solace" (2008), Craig is back as 007 in "Skyfall," the 23rd official entry in the series.
Some seek solace in faith.
Within weeks of January's devastating earthquake, Haiti's surviving painters and sculptors were taking solace from their work.
Some were committed in broad daylight, and others around 4 am Even though no one was home at the time, that's not much solace.
Solace in Santa Barbara .
Classic contestants take little solace in near misses.
Seeking Solace in Sanibel.
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In science:

Presumably it is more difficult to turn a near miss into a collision than vice versa, and today we may take solace in our confidence that such a concept is entirely impractical.
Observations of Extrasolar Planets Enabled by a Return to the Moon
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