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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for condoles
Historical Examples
  • In a fifth he congratulates Lucrezia upon the birth of a son and heir, and in a sixth condoles with her upon his early death.

  • When the world congratulates us we rejoice, when it condoles with us we weep.

  • He advises to inveigle; he condoles and sympathizes to ruin.

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • The committee not only condoles with the decrepit member, but gives him a sum of money.

    The Spirit of the Ghetto Hutchins Hapgood
  • He spoke no longer as one who greets an intruder, but as one who condoles with a friend.

    The Red Room H. G. Wells
  • He condoles with me that the unbridled people occasion me so much trouble.

    Egmont Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • At this juncture Dr. Malatesta comes in and condoles with him.

British Dictionary definitions for condoles


(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 condoles



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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