Adjective "salving" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection.
  1. mass noun 'he doctored their hurts with some strong-smelling salve'
  2. 'He wiped her foot again to clean away the blood, then taking the salve, he covered the wound and wrapped her foot.'
  3. 'After using the salve, she began to dress the wound.'
  4. 'She could rub salve on his open wounds later, she bandaged a few that were bleeding badly but then covered him in his blankets and stroked his forehead.'
  5. 'And as for you, Mr. Monk, I will get you some salve for those cuts.'
  6. 'Quickly I washed the wound clean and applied the salve before once more bandaging his leg.'
  7. 'Calendula helps to heal broken skin, and the oil in the salve creates a protective barrier that prevents mucous membranes from drying out.'
  8. 'She treated the woman's wound as if it were from an arrow: applying salve, and binding the hole, but it did not help.'
  9. 'Then he deftly smeared some salve on the wound and wrapped it with a new bandage, taping it in place.'
  10. 'He took stick-on bandages from the small first aid kit he carried and, rubbing some healing salve over the wounds, covered them with the bandages.'
  11. 'Other cuts and bruises were likewise administered a healing salve and from his skin I managed to scrub much of the soil and blood.'
  12. 'Yet, no amount of salve could treat my conscience.'
  13. 'Thank God for post-modernism, the salve of the intellectual conscience.'
  14. 'The answer is education - that great universal salve for all of the ills of humankind.'
  15. 'Plath's novel and its melancholy protagonist, whom I would later learn was a thinly veiled version of Plath herself, proved to be the perfect salve for my tortured adolescent mind.'
  16. 'In this context, the company's famous ‘do no evil’ motto begins to appear like a salve for a guilty conscience.'
  17. 'Paganism has proven to be the ultimate test of pitting intellect against emotion, and within that framework, it has been the healing salve for a broken spirituality.'
  18. 'The Northern relief road, creating a link between the A591 and A6 north of Kendal, had been billed as a potential shot in the arm for Kendal's economy and a salve for traffic woes.'
  19. 'MUSIC SOOTHES all, acting as a salve, but for some it is something more.'
  20. 'It may be romantic to search for the salves of society's ills in slow moving rustic surroundings, or among innocent, unspoiled provincials, if such exist, but it is a waste of time.'
  21. 'Pierce admits to using food as a salve for stress, and after the birth of her son four and a half years ago, she gained nearly 70 pounds.'


Soothe (wounded pride or one's conscience)
  1. 'Making it an official day off salved my conscience a little.'
  2. 'These protests have been about salving the consciences of many whose votes splintered the left and humiliated Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's candidacy.'
  3. 'Surely Claybourn isn't thinking of voting for a third-party candidate in order to salve his own political conscience.'
  4. 'I might even claim that welfare-state-ism can be traced to a desire to simply salve one's conscience.'
  5. 'The odd hour or two per week spent sitting in Christian meetings may salve our consciences, but will hardly prevail against the gates of hell.'
  6. 'Putting ideological purity ahead of practical policy compromises may salve our consciences but when biotechnology is the issue the stakes become too high.'
  7. 'The arrival of De Boer may have salved a few wounds at Rangers in midweek, but Celtic were also busy on the transfer front.'
  8. 'A victory in the play-off final two years ago did salve some wounds, however, and the expected 400,000 windfall from Sky for the Newcastle game should heal a few more.'
  9. 'He will offer ‘second place’ and ‘survival’, two concepts not defined by the rule book, but which salve the ego for some of the players.'
  10. 'Maybe if I got out of my house and increased my footprint locally, I could salve my consumerist conscience.'
Apply salve to.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'In the spirit of pioneers, we're concocting our own remedies and salving our own wounds.'


  1. 'More recently, 60 brass shell cases were salved from under a 5.5in gun which had been mounted on the stern.'

More definitions

1. a medicinal ointment for healing or relieving wounds and sores.

2. anything that soothes, mollifies, or relieves. verb (used with object), salved, salving.

3. to soothe with or as if with salve; assuage: to salve one's conscience.

More examples(as adjective)

"barns can be salving."


(salve)Early 18th century: back-formation from the noun salvage.