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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. 2017.
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  • He sends his kind regards and thanks for enquiries and condolence.

  • They seem to see instinctively that condolence would be meaningless.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • They went off without attempting to speak to her, or to offer her condolence or sympathy.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • The very next day came a letter of condolence from Miss Lucas.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Having settled this business so satisfactorily, I went to receive the condolence and sympathy of St. John.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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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