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condolence

or con·dole·ment

[kuh n-doh-luh ns]
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noun
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for condolences

condolence

condolement (kənˈdəʊlmənt)

noun
  1. (often plural) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
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Word Origin and History for condolences

n.

"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.

condolence

n.

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

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