or con·dole·ment

[kuh n-doh-luh ns]
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Origin of condolence

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

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Historical Examples of condolence

  • Many were the messages of regard and condolence that came from other lands.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • I do not ask your condolence and regret for what is past, for that now cannot be remedied.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • I felt that no words of condolence availed, and I let him lie there quietly.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Wherever we go, we are lionised and loaded with congratulations and condolence.

  • But the formal tributes of condolence were followed by great rejoicing in the camp.

British Dictionary definitions for condolence


condolement (kənˈdəʊlmənt)

  1. (often plural) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
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Word Origin and History for condolence

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper