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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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  • Harold shuffled off disconsolately, and John rang for his shaving water.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • "It isn't any use for us to try to do anything," said Dick, disconsolately.

  • disconsolately, Piang crouched in a corner, watching sharks and dolphins sporting in the foaming wake.

  • "Oh yes; but they're from heaven, and I'm in the other place," replied Eloise disconsolately.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Gatty followed her, disconsolately, hardly knowing what to do.

    Christie Johnstone Charles Reade
  • "So did I; but when I put it to her, she was dead off," said Holmes, disconsolately savage.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • They hung about disconsolately, snatching at such opportunities of assistance as holding ladders or handing nails.

  • "I'm sure it's a dreadful long way," Duncan said disconsolately.

  • Bet you theyre suspicious of us right away, and mean to order us to go back, said George disconsolately.

  • She was disconsolately watching him from the window, when Mr. Fulmort was admitted.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for disconsolately


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 disconsolately



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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