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[dis-kon-suh-lit] /dɪsˈkɒn sə lɪt/
without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable:
Loss of her pet dog made her disconsolate.
characterized by or causing dejection; cheerless; gloomy:
disconsolate prospects.
Origin of disconsolate
1325-75; Middle English < Medieval Latin disconsōlātus, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + consōlātus consoled, past participle of consōlārī to console1; see -ate1
Related forms
disconsolately, adverb
[dis-kon-suh-ley-shuh n] /dɪsˌkɒn səˈleɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
disconsolateness, noun
1. heartbroken, dejected. 1, 2. sad, melancholy, sorrowful, miserable.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See desolate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disconsolate
Contemporary Examples
  • The various theories of disconsolate liberals all suffer from a failure to compare Obama with any plausible baseline.

    The Hillary Fantasy Howard Kurtz November 20, 2011
Historical Examples
  • This last answer tore that disconsolate mother's heart till it bled.

  • Presently he returned, dragging with him the disconsolate Major.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • “There will be other games,” Johnny consoled the disconsolate Meggy.

    Mystery Wings Roy J. Snell
  • disconsolate, he moved irresolutely to the window and watched the people leave.

    Citadel Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  • She found a disconsolate cast sitting around the stage, looking gloomily at Miss Weeks.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • It was the only disconsolate hour of his day, this summer weather.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Yet Grover Nealman defied the disconsolate spirit of the land.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
  • She spent a disconsolate morning and stayed out for lunch longer than usual.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • A plover uttered his disconsolate, wailing cry far out to sea.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
British Dictionary definitions for disconsolate


sad beyond comfort; inconsolable
disappointed; dejected
Derived Forms
disconsolately, adverb
disconsolateness, disconsolation, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin disconsōlātus, from dis-1 + consōlātus comforted; see console1
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Word Origin and History for disconsolate

c.1400, from Medieval Latin disconsolatus "comfortless," from Latin dis- "away" (see dis-) + consolatus, past participle of consolari (see console (v.)). Related: Disconsolately.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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