Definition of solace in English:



mass noun
  • Comfort or consolation in a time of great distress or sadness.

    ‘she sought solace in her religion’
    • ‘She found solace for her grief by teaching herself to sew using an embroidery kit.’
    • ‘The doors of the sanctuary will open for one month to families seeking solace.’
    • ‘Little Chelsea seeks solace in her imaginary friend called Jodie.’
    • ‘Some sought the help of professionals, while others found solace in their friends.’
    • ‘He and his wife go out to Walter Reed and Bethesda all the time to provide comfort and solace.’
    • ‘Living in a hard land, they work hard, and play hard and take solace in simple pleasures.’
    • ‘So many times she wanted to turn back and seek solace in the comfort of her home and family.’
    • ‘Her advice was often comfort and solace in itself and her ways were the ways of goodness and serenity.’
    • ‘He reminded me of a loving grandpa to whom a grandchild could run to for solace and comfort.’
    • ‘Mary has been the source of solace and consolation in times of anxiety.’
    • ‘At a moment when Smith fears she is ruined, she seeks solace and comfort from a clergyman.’
    • ‘They were also welcomed into homes and hearts, finding solace and friendship in the most unlikely places.’
    • ‘So I headed back home for my fishing gear, hoping to find some solace in a good fight with a trout.’
    • ‘The church is always linked with humility and a place where people seek solace.’
    • ‘His gentle presence was often a source of comfort and solace in itself.’
    • ‘He wanted to stay near so she could reach out for him when she most needed his comfort and solace.’
    • ‘The night before Kirsteen died, she wrote a poem called The Paths of Life, and that offered me some solace amid the sadness.’
    • ‘I will be seeking solace in the long scarf, basking in its warmth like a lover's embrace.’
    • ‘Her husband died last year and she finds solace for her grief in her gardens and work with plants.’
    • ‘Classic stories tell of men who fight wars and abandon kingdoms to find solace in their young love.’
    comfort, consolation, cheer, support, relief
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[with object]
  • Give solace to.

    ‘the soundlessness of nature impressed and solaced her’
    • ‘The soft fur solaced me little, and I distractedly wished the bear could soothe the aching sensation in my heart.’
    • ‘They sat in silence, solacing themselves in each other's tears.’
    • ‘Perhaps he read it when he was in Monterey to solace his wounded feelings.’
    • ‘I see religion as only a way of asking unanswerable questions, of sharing the joy of a community of quest, and solacing one another in our ignorance.’
    • ‘If a person solaces himself for being fat by eating more, he's going to eat more to solace himself for the extra weight.’
    • ‘An old woman, having drank until she is unable to walk, is put into a wheelbarrow, and in that situation is solaced with another glass.’
    comfort, give solace to, console, cheer, support, relieve, soothe, calm
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Middle English: from Old French solas (noun), solacier (verb), based on Latin solari ‘to console’.