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or condolement

[kuh n-doh-luh ns] /kənˈdoʊ ləns/
Often, condolences. expression of sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.
Origin of condolence
First recorded in 1595-1605; condole + -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Many were the messages of regard and condolence that came from other lands.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • I do not ask your condolence and regret for what is past, for that now cannot be remedied.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • I felt that no words of condolence availed, and I let him lie there quietly.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • Wherever we go, we are lionised and loaded with congratulations and condolence.

  • But the formal tributes of condolence were followed by great rejoicing in the camp.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for condolence


(often pl) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for condolence

c.1600, from Late Latin condolere "to suffer together" (see condole) + -ence. Often in form condoleance 1600-1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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