or con·dole·ment

[kuh n-doh-luh ns]


Often condolences. expression of sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.

Origin of condolence

First recorded in 1595–1605; condole + -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for condolement

Historical Examples of condolement

  • Tokens of condolement mingled themselves with welcomes and felicitations.

    The Home

    Fredrika Bremer

  • "Don't cry so, Lucia," he said to her one night, not long after the condolement.

  • Then how to act (I who am no hypocrite) in the days of condolement!

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Touching this promotion, Bunce had nothing but condolement to offer to the new junior lord.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope

  • The writer descanted long upon his own miseries, without any inquiry or condolement for the sufferings of the ladies.

    Newton Forster

    Captain Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for condolement


condolement (kənˈdəʊlmənt)


(often plural) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for condolement



c.1600, from Late Latin condolere "to suffer together" (see condole) + -ence. Often in form condoleance 1600-1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper