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[kon-suh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkɒn səˈleɪ ʃən/
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
1325-75; Middle English consolacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin consōlātiōn- (stem of consōlātiō), equivalent to consōlāt(us), past participle of consōlārī (con- con- + sōlā-, stem of sōlārī to comfort, + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion; see solace
1. relief, succor, help, support, cheer. Unabridged
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  • 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 Harriet Stark
  • But he had two consolations at the close of the performance.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I felt that to obtrude my consolations on her then would only serve to aggravate her sufferings.

  • In the deepest agony I have never refused the consolations of Nature or of Truth.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Such was the sorrow, and such were the consolations of Edwin.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • After all, there were some consolations in being alive and in a state of health not "debilitated."

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She was busy with the consolations of half-a-dozen women who were gathered around her.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for consolations


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
Derived Forms
consolatory (kənˈsɒlətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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