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Salve (noun)

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Salve. n.s. [This word is originally and properly salf, which having salves in the plural, the singular in time was borrowed from it: ꞅalꝼ, Saxon, undoubtedly from salvus, Latin.]

  1. A glutinous matter applied to wounds and hurts; an emplaster.

    Let us hence, my sov'reign, to provide
    A salve for any sore that may betide.
    Shak. Henry VI.

    Go study salve and treacle; ply
    Your tenant's leg, or his sore eye.
    Cleaveland.

    Sleep is pain's easiest salve, and doth fulfil
    All offices of death, except to kill.
    Donne.

    The royal sword thus drawn, has cur'd a wound,
    For which no other salve could have been found.
    Waller.

    Though most were sorely wounded, none were slain;
    The surgeons soon despoil'd them of their arms,
    And some with salves they cure.
    Dryden.

  2. Help; remedy.

    If they shall excommunicate me, hath the doctrine of meekness any salve for me then? Hammond.

Sources: Cleveland, John (10) · Donne, John (44) · Dryden, John (788) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Waller, Edmund (63)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Salve (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 10, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1767.


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