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[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.
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verb (used with object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to grieve with.
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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.
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Related Words for condoling

soothe, commiserate, comfort, console, pity

Examples from the Web for condoling

Historical Examples of condoling

  • He began by condoling with Alfred on their mutual family misfortunes.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Moreover, one could never dream of condoling with the owner of such a voice.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Has this woman been condoling with you over your hard fate and your bad husband?

  • She spoke as if she were condoling with me on the demise of a near relative.

    She and I, Volume 2

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • He, instead of condoling with me on my misfortune, rather seemed to enjoy it.

British Dictionary definitions for condoling


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



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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