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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 consolingly
Historical Examples
  • He sought to smile on her consolingly; but the smile would not come.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "But it never has been cold enough to freeze your tail off," said the Prince, consolingly.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • "You might have lost it in the funds, and had no pleasure for it," said Sir William, consolingly.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "There 's another train to start at three-forty," said I, consolingly.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • “They often begin that way,” remarked Dumaresque, consolingly.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "It was hard to lose him, your only boy," said Darry, consolingly.

    Darry the Life Saver Frank V. Webster
  • "Then we may yet hope for the best, Mercedes," said Monte-Cristo, consolingly.

  • "Well, you ought to have thought of that before you began the sport," I added, consolingly.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • "You will be all right in a day or two," replied Sandy, consolingly.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • "I'll do my best to befriend him, with your permission," said Edith consolingly.

British Dictionary definitions for consolingly


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 consolingly



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).

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