[kuh n-dohl]

verb (used without object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.

Obsolete. to grieve with.

Nearby words

  1. conditioned stimulus,
  2. conditioned suppression,
  3. conditioner,
  4. conditioning,
  5. condo,
  6. condolence,
  7. condolences,
  8. condolent,
  9. condom,
  10. condominium

Origin of condole

1580–90; < Late Latin condolēre, equivalent to con- con- + dolēre to feel pain; akin to dolor

Related forms
Can be confusedcondole console. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for condoles



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

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