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[kuh n-dohl] /kənˈdoʊl/
verb (used without object), condoled, condoling.
to express sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief (usually followed by with):
to condole with a friend whose father has died.
verb (used with object), condoled, condoling.
Obsolete. to grieve with.
Origin of condole
1580-90; < Late Latin condolēre, equivalent to con- con- + dolēre to feel pain; akin to dolor
Related forms
[kuh n-doh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈdoʊ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
condoler, noun
condolingly, adverb
uncondolatory, adjective
uncondoled, adjective
uncondoling, adjective
Can be confused
condole, console. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • How pleasant it is to condole with friends on such occasions.

  • He came to condole with me in my extremity, and yet to bid me not utterly lose hope.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • I condole with you in your bereavement, but it is the fortune of war.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Alicia passed on Mr. Coxon's arm, and stopped for a moment to condole.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • Your servant, my prince; you reigned most worthily, I condole with you on your abdication.

    The Lady of Lyons Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Others came in, some to drink, some to condole—all, to talk.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • But this was not the worst; some of them were so ill advised as to condole with Wilkinson.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • I am the innocent sufferer now,' added he; 'condole with me, pussy!

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I could condole with you on the charge, but you will find it the only way not to seem to thwart her.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Write to me at once, if only to condole with me about the chapel.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for condole


(intransitive) foll by with. to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
Derived Forms
condolatory, adjective
condoler, noun
condolingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Church Latin condolēre to suffer pain (with another), from Latin com- together + dolēre to grieve, feel pain
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Word Origin and History for condole

late 15c., "to sorrow," from Late Latin condolere "to suffer with another," from com- "with" (see com-) + dolere "to grieve." Meaning "to express condolences" is recorded from 1650s. Related: Condoled; condoling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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