May. 31st, 2017

solatium

May. 31st, 2017 07:59 am
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solatium (soh-LEY-shee-uhm) - n., (US & Scot law) compensation for emotional rather than physical or financial harm.


So, compensation for the trauma after the wrongful death of a relative, or for an insult. Literally, providing a solace: it's the same root, Medieval Latin sōlātium, variant spelling of sōlācium, which also arrived in English directly as solace. (Console is the same word with the intensifying prefix com-.)

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