- to express sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief (usually followed by with): to condole with a friend whose father has died.
- Obsolete. to grieve with.
Origin of condole
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- (intr foll by with) to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
C16: from Church Latin condolēre to suffer pain (with another), from Latin com- together + dolēre to grieve, feel pain
Word Origin and History for condolatory
late 15c., "to sorrow," from Late Latin condolere "to suffer with another," from com- "with" (see com-) + dolere "to grieve." Meaning "to express condolences" is recorded from 1650s. Related: Condoled; condoling.
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