- 1An ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection: the wound should be washed with water and then a salve applied [mass noun]: he doctored their hurts with some strong-smelling salveMore example sentences
- Rags were boiled for bandages and an assortment of ointments and salves were applied on Erik's skin to promote healing.
- Calendula helps to heal broken skin, and the oil in the salve creates a protective barrier that prevents mucous membranes from drying out.
- Other cuts and bruises were likewise administered a healing salve and from his skin I managed to scrub much of the soil and blood.
- 1.1Something that is soothing or consoling for wounded feelings or an uneasy conscience: the idea provided him with a salve for his guiltMore example sentences
- In this context, the company's famous ‘do no evil’ motto begins to appear like a salve for a guilty conscience.
- Sanctions are a salve for our conscience, not a serious attempt to stop the murders.
- If a writer of epic fantasy isn't willing to trust her imagination and her story - is afraid to let it matter - can a salve for the troubles that afflict us still be found in books?
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- 1Soothe (wounded pride or one’s conscience): charity salves our conscienceMore example sentences
- Singing and dancing may bring pleasure to the public, charity concerts may salve guilty consciences and the world is definitely in need of some cheering up.
- After three days of recuperation in the ICU, I was released from the hospital, walking feebly and trying to salve my ego.
- They have not even the solace of big muscles and the solidarity of unions from which to construct their identities and with which to salve their bruised egos.
- 2 • archaic Apply salve to: the salved my cuts and stopped the bleedingMore example sentences
- Then he carefully cleaned and salved the cuts and scrapes on my face and palms, kissing them lightly and whispering meaningless, soothing sounds to me all the while.
- In the spirit of pioneers, we're concocting our own remedies and salving our own wounds.
- They make plastics and polyester: the clothes we wear, the carpets we walk on, frames for our computers, seats to sit on, bottles to drink from and band-aids to salve our wounds.
Old English sealfe (noun), sealfian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zalf and German Salbe.
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- These groups, I thought, were the dead and dying; the salvable; and the walking or less seriously wounded.
- Bolts, screws, pins and nails shall be removed in such a manner as to avoid splitting and breaking of the timbers. Salvable material shall be cleaned, sorted and stored as to size and length for purposes of checking and preparing lists.
- All wrecks which are obviously not salvable should be blown up or otherwise destroyed.
early 18th century: back-formation from the noun salvage.