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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. See desolate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He seemed to be anxious to be rid of her, and she went away in some disconsolation at his abrupt change of manner.

    Sylvia & Michael Compton Mackenzie
  • Then would anxiety, incertitude, and disconsolation possess the bosom of Melissa, until dissipated by his safe return.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • Dolf Springer sat on the door-step, his head hunched down between his shoulders, a very picture of disconsolation.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
  • The theme occasioned as much enthusiasm as could be expected from hearts saddened by disconsolation.

British Dictionary definitions for disconsolation


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 disconsolation



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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