- 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 condoles
He spoke no longer as one who greets an intruder, but as one who condoles with a friend.The Red Room
H. G. Wells
When the world congratulates us we rejoice, when it condoles with us we weep.The Daughters of Danaus
At this juncture Dr. Malatesta comes in and condoles with him.The Standard Light Operas
He advises to inveigle; he condoles and sympathizes to ruin.Library Notes
A. P. Russell
He condoles with me that the unbridled people occasion me so much trouble.Egmont
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
- (intr foll by with) to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
Word Origin and History for condoles
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.