A woman gives solace to a friend.
When you go see a friend who is feeling sad and you offer comfort and listen to your friend talk about his problems, this is an example of giving solace.
- an easing of grief, loneliness, discomfort, etc.
- something that eases or relieves; comfort; consolation; relief
Origin of solaceMiddle English from Old French solaz from Classical Latin solacium from solari, to comfort from Indo-European base an unverified form sel-, favorable, in good spirits from source silly
transitive verb-·aced, -·ac·ing
- to give solace to; comfort; console
- to lessen or allay (grief, sorrow, etc.)
- Comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or distress; consolation.
- A source of comfort or consolation.
transitive verbsol·aced, sol·ac·ing, sol·ac·es
- To comfort, cheer, or console, as in trouble or sorrow. See Synonyms at comfort.
- To allay or assuage: “They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper” ( Jane Austen )
Origin of solaceMiddle English solas from Old French from Latin sōlācium from sōlārī to console
(countable and uncountable, plural solaces)
(third-person singular simple present solaces, present participle solacing, simple past and past participle solaced)
From Old French solas, from Latin sÅlÄcium (“consolation")