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[kuh n-dohl]
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verb (used without object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to grieve with.
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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.
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Related Words for condole

soothe, commiserate, comfort, console, pity

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Historical Examples of condole

  • How pleasant it is to condole with friends on such occasions.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851


  • He came to condole with me in my extremity, and yet to bid me not utterly lose hope.

  • I condole with you in your bereavement, but it is the fortune of war.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Alicia passed on Mr. Coxon's arm, and stopped for a moment to condole.

    Half a Hero

    Anthony Hope

  • Your servant, my prince; you reigned most worthily, I condole with you on your abdication.

    The Lady of Lyons

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for condole


  1. (intr foll by with) to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
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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 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.

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