- 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.
- Obsolete. to grieve with.
Origin of condole
Examples from the Web for condoling
He began by condoling with Alfred on their mutual family misfortunes.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Moreover, one could never dream of condoling with the owner of such a voice.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Has this woman been condoling with you over your hard fate and your bad husband?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
She spoke as if she were condoling with me on the demise of a near relative.She and I, Volume 2
John Conroy Hutcheson
He, instead of condoling with me on my misfortune, rather seemed to enjoy it.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan
- (intr foll by with) to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
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.