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[kuh n-sohl] /kənˈsoʊl/
verb (used with object), consoled, consoling.
to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort:
Only his children could console him when his wife died.
Origin of console1
1685-95; (< French consoler) < Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con- con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)
Related forms
consolable, adjective
consoler, noun
consolingly, adverb
nonconsolable, adjective
nonconsoling, adjective
nonconsolingly, adverb
self-consoling, adjective
unconsolable, adjective
unconsolably, adverb
unconsoled, adjective
unconsoling, adjective
unconsolingly, adverb
Synonym Study
See comfort. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for consoler
Historical Examples
  • Edward put off his histrionics, and rushed up to her as the consoler—a new part for him.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • So they both remained in the gloom side by side—he the consoler and she the healed.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The consoler of sleepless nights, of weary days; the companion of troubled years!

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • You are the greatest adviser and consoler in all heart troubles.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
  • She was now the protectress and the consoler of a man she admired and revered.

  • Thus construing Nature, Nature is our companion, our consoler.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Side by side with this picture of Woman the consoler, let me place the companion sketch.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But not only was Mrs. Hood a consoler, she was also a helper of her husband in his special work.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • Time has been described as a beautifier and as a consoler; but it is also a teacher.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • If you truly are the consoler of afflicted souls, prove it, for I am full of affliction.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont
British Dictionary definitions for consoler


to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
Derived Forms
consolable, adjective
consoler, noun
consolingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace


an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc
the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc
a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
same as games console
a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor
Word Origin
C18: from French, shortened from Old French consolateur one that provides support, hence, supporting bracket, from Latin consōlātor a comforter; see console1
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Word Origin and History for consoler



1690s, from French consoler "to comfort, console," from Latin consolari "offer solace, encourage, comfort, cheer," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + solari "to comfort" (see solace). Or perhaps a back-formation from consolation. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by frefran. Related: Consoled; consoling.



1706, "a cabinet; an ornamental base structure," from French console "a bracket" (16c.), of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French consolateur, literally "one who consoles," word used for carved human figures supporting cornices, shelves or rails in choir stalls. Another guess connects it to Latin consolidare. Sense evolved to "body of a musical organ" (1881), "radio cabinet" (1925), then "cabinet for a TV, stereo, etc." (1944).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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