[kuh n-dohl]

verb (used without object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.

Obsolete. to grieve with.

Origin of condole

1580–90; < Late Latin condolēre, equivalent to con- con- + dolēre to feel pain; akin to dolor
Related formscon·do·la·to·ry [kuh n-doh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈdoʊ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivecon·dol·er, nouncon·dol·ing·ly, adverbun·con·do·la·to·ry, adjectiveun·con·doled, adjectiveun·con·dol·ing, adjective
Can be confusedcondole console. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for condolatory



(intr foll by with) to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
Derived Formscondolatory, adjectivecondoler, nouncondolingly, adverb

Word Origin for condole

C16: from Church Latin condolēre to suffer pain (with another), from Latin com- together + dolēre to grieve, feel pain
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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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