Word of the Day – April 19, 2012

balm (noun)

bahm

something that soothes, heals or comforts

Haunted by the ghosts of the doughboys he had led into World War I, Woodrow Wilson in his second term lost his capacity for pragmatic accommodation in his fight for the League of Nations, which was to him the only redemption for their sacrifice and the only balm for his guilt. Refusing to compromise with the Senate, Wilson broke his health campaigning for the League; and then the Senate, in his words, “broke the heart of the world” by rejecting it.
Jack Beatty     September 2003

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