- the act of consoling; comfort; solace.
- the state of being consoled.
- someone or something that consoles: His faith was a consolation during his troubles. Her daughters are a consolation to her.
- Sports. a game, match, or race for tournament entrants eliminated before the final round, as a basketball game between the losing semifinalists.
Origin of consolation
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Examples from the Web for consolation
Dee Dee candles, rosaries, shirts and prints are offered for sale near the gallery's door as a kind of consolation.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
For some parents no consolation prize is great enough to trade precious time with their families.How Republicans Can Win the Equal Pay Debate
April 9, 2014
In my capacity as a journalist, saving me the $300 consolation fee, I called an expert for advice.My Therapist Dumped Me
April 4, 2014
The only question is whether the players can stay focused for what is essentially a consolation game for them.The 2014 Dummies’ Guide to College Football Games
January 1, 2014
The only consolation for Miss Lim and the other aid workers is that much-needed aid is now beginning to arrive into the airport.Typhoon Haiyan Survivor Describes Utter Devastation in the Philippines
November 11, 2013
He held Philothea's hand continually, and often spoke to her in words of consolation.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
My only consolation is that the war must soon be over, and that I will have helped.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
But for her consolation were the matters of food and dress, and of countless junketings.Within the Law
It is a consolation to remember that, sooner or later, their time must come.The Roof of France
If it could be any consolation to them, these Saxons were not William's only captives.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
- the act of consoling or state of being consoled; solace
- a person or thing that is a source of comfort in a time of suffering, grief, disappointment, etc
Word Origin and History for consolation
late 14c., "act of consoling," from Old French consolacion (11c., Modern French consolation) "solace, comfort; delight, pleasure," from Latin consolationem (nominative consolatio-) "consoling, comforting," noun of action from consolat-, past participle stem of consolari (see console (v.)). Consolation prize is recorded from 1886.