[kuh n-dohl]
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.
verb (used with object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to grieve with.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for condoles

soothe, commiserate, comfort, console, pity

Examples from the Web for condoles

Historical Examples of 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.

  • At this juncture Dr. Malatesta comes in and condoles with him.

  • 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.


    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

British Dictionary definitions for condoles


  1. (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper