- 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 consolations
That everything is forgiven, and they can stay as they are and enjoy the consolations of forgiveness.Why Republicans Don't Get the Benefit of the Doubt on Race
March 17, 2014
West reserves the greatest disdain, however, for the consolations of religion.American Dreams, 1933: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
April 29, 2013
Her consolations were not less sweet—her promises not less sure.
I'm afraid I returned from church that day without the consolations of religion.The Bacillus of Beauty
But he had two consolations at the close of the performance.Little Dorrit
I felt that to obtrude my consolations on her then would only serve to aggravate her sufferings.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
In the deepest agony I have never refused the consolations of Nature or of Truth.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- 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 consolations
c.1400, "act of consolation;" see 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.