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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 21, 2011
Historical Examples
  • Mrs. Bines, so complacent overnight, was the most disconsolate one of the group.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Mrs. Rushton was sitting at her work, in rather a disconsolate frame of mind.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • What was the use of wandering about the house in this disconsolate manner?

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Tubby was disconsolate because the supply was so limited and the demand so great.

  • The disconsolate journalist had seated himself at a writing-table.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But no argument or evidence could convince the disconsolate mother.

  • I waited until we should meet; and now we have met and—— Why do you look so disconsolate?

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Strange tales are told of some of the disconsolate journeys.

  • With thoughts like these, I was perplexed and chafed; they rendered me gloomy and disconsolate.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
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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