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[in-kuh n-soh-luh-buh l] /ˌɪn kənˈsoʊ lə bəl/
not consolable; that cannot be comforted; disconsolate:
She was inconsolable when her son died.
Origin of inconsolable
1590-1600; < Latin inconsōlābilis. See in-3, consolable
Related forms
inconsolability, inconsolableness, noun
inconsolably, adverb Unabridged
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  • It was the subtle despotism of an idea that suffers no rivals, that is lonely, inconsolable, and dangerous.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • But when they were fairly started on their journey Cecil was for a while inconsolable.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She was inconsolable, and in a few days retired to her country house, and refused to see any one.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • inconsolable at the disappearance of his daughter and pricked with remorse, he capitulated.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • In a few minutes she came into the bow of her canoe, where she sat weeping with inconsolable sorrow.

  • Lady de Tilly was inconsolable over the ruin of her fondest hopes.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Big John Pritchard tried to console him, but he was inconsolable.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • The Englishmen were about to depart, and the Eskimos were inconsolable.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for inconsolable


incapable of being consoled or comforted; disconsolate
Derived Forms
inconsolability, inconsolableness, noun
inconsolably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconsolable

c.1500 (implied in inconsolably), from Latin inconsolabilis "inconsolable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + consolabilis "consolable," from consolari (see console (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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