Definition of solace in English:



  • Comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.

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

    • ‘They sat in silence, solacing themselves in each other's tears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The soft fur solaced me little, and I distractedly wished the bear could soothe the aching sensation in my heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps he read it when he was in Monterey to solace his wounded feelings.’
    • ‘If a person solaces himself for being fat by eating more, he's going to eat more to solace himself for the extra weight.’
    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.