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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.

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

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

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

  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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