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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
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  • Richard Maule would receive plenty of condolences from others.

    Jane Oglander Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • No, certainly Uthoug junior had not come with lamentations and condolences.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • She made appropriate remarks, inquiring after the relatives of each, offering congratulations or condolences as the case demanded.

    A Dozen Ways Of Love Lily Dougall
  • At twelve I hope you will also pay your respects and offer your condolences to Madame.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • Thanks for your congratulations; but I should have liked better your condolences on my longevity.

British Dictionary definitions for condolences


(often pl) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
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Word Origin and History for condolences

"formal declaration of sympathy," 1670s, plural of condolence. Reason for the plural is unclear; earliest references are to expressions from groups of persons; perhaps the habit stuck.



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

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