Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law Compensation for injured feelings as distinct from financial loss or physical suffering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of compensation for emotional rather than physical or financial harm

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything which alleviates or compensates for suffering or loss; a compensation; esp., an additional allowance, as for injured feelings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything that alleviates or compensates for suffering or loss; a compensation; specifically, in Scots law, a sum of money paid, over and above actual damages, to an injured party by the person who inflicted the injury, as a solace for wounded feelings.

Etymologies

Late Latin sōlācium, sōlātium, compensation, solace, from Latin; see solace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • His reference to a "solatium" puzzled me, but it did not seem anything of consequence.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • But so aloof is he from general suspicion, so immune from criticism, so admirable in his management and self-effacement, that for those very words that you have uttered he could hale you to a court and emerge with your year's pension as a solatium for his wounded charac - ter.

    Chennai

  • He announced a solatium of Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and said state authorities will ensure that bodies were transported quickly back to the families of the victims.

    Toll climbs to 36 in Kerala boat tragedy, judicial inquiry ordered

  • In labore requies, In labor, rest, in aestu temperies in heat, temperance, in fletu solatium. in tears, solace.

    Pentecost Novena

  • The current Act, in determining the amount of compensation, only took into account the market value, actual financial loss and solatium

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Scio quam vana sit et inefficax humanorum verborum penes afflictos consolatio, nisi verbum Dei audiatur, a quo vita, refrigeratio, solatium, poenitentia.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Canicularis terras excoquit, et siccat flumina, ipse securus sedet sub arborea fronde, et ad doloris sui solatium, naribus suis gramineas redolet species, pascit oculos herbarum amiena viriditas, aures suavi modulamine demulcet pictarum concentus avium, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Neutrius se fortunae extremum libenter experturam dixit: sed si necessitas alterius subinde imponeretur, optare se difficilem et adversam: quod in hac nulli unquam defuit solatium, in altera multis consilium, &c. Lod.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • He introduced the word prorsus into the line Mortalibus prorsus non absit solatium and after Hujus enim scripta evolve, he added, Mentemque tantarum rerum capacem corpori caduco superstitem crede; which is quite applicable to Dr Johnson himself.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Autumno, valetudine plus declinata, thermis Bathoniensibus solatium haud frustra quaesitum.

    Travels through France and Italy

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  • something that eases or makes up for suffering or loss

    November 25, 2007