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