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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. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for condoling
Historical Examples
  • Very likely he was off condoling with his friend and fellow conspirator, the caretaker, and I fumed with rage and disappointment.

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
  • Moreover, one could never dream of condoling with the owner of such a voice.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • They might suppose him to be condoling with his recent mishap.

  • He, instead of condoling with me on my misfortune, rather seemed to enjoy it.

  • His first visitor was the chamberlain, Saturius, who began by condoling with him over his misfortune and most undeserved position.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • I don't talk of condoling: if you are in grief, you know I share it.'

  • She was not condoling the fact, but merely mentioned it as a person of advanced views who is above prejudice.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • I let them go on condoling with me, and then what do you think I did?

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • I'm glad I'm away, and the fellows are not condoling with me.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Boys were binding up wounds of other boys and were condoling with them.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for condoling


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for condoling



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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