- 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
Examples from the Web for condole
Historical Examples of condole
How pleasant it is to condole with friends on such occasions.
He came to condole with me in my extremity, and yet to bid me not utterly lose hope.Bardelys the Magnificent
I condole with you in your bereavement, but it is the fortune of war.The Tavern Knight
Alicia passed on Mr. Coxon's arm, and stopped for a moment to condole.Half a Hero
Your servant, my prince; you reigned most worthily, I condole with you on your abdication.The Lady of Lyons
Edward Bulwer Lytton
- (intr foll by with) to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
Word Origin for condole
Word Origin and History for condole
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.