If something eases your disappointment or grief, consider it a solace. If you're sad, you might find solace in music or in talking to your friends.

It is no surprise that consolation and solace are similar in meaning as they share a root in the Latin verb sōlārī, "to comfort." In fact, solace and consolation are synonyms meaning "relief from grief or disappointment." When you go to sleepaway camp, your parents will miss you, but they'll find solace in knowing that you are having fun.

Definitions of solace

n comfort offered to one who is disappointed or miserable

Type of:
comfort, comfortableness
a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain

n the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment

consolation, solacement
cold comfort
very limited consolation or empathy
bright side, silver lining
a consoling aspect of a difficult situation
Type of:
a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment

n the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction

comfort, consolation
Type of:
ministration, relief, succor, succour
assistance in time of difficulty

v give moral or emotional strength to

comfort, console, soothe
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calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
make calm or still
allay, ease, relieve, still
lessen the intensity of or calm
calm by deception
calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
assure, reassure
cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization

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