[ kuhn-dohl ]
See synonyms for: condolecondolingcondolatorycondoler on

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

Other words from condole

  • con·do·la·to·ry [kuhn-doh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /kənˈdoʊ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
  • con·dol·er, noun
  • con·dol·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·con·do·la·to·ry, adjective
  • un·con·doled, adjective
  • un·con·dol·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with condole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use condole in a sentence

  • After condoling with the bereaved relations, he took his departure from an abode cursed with the presence of a witch's remains.

  • And Miss Furnival rode there also, somewhat in the rear, condoling with the judge as to his wet feet.

    Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
  • She had her back to the velveteen husband, she sat close between two strange young men, who were condoling with her.

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
  • Right across the aisle two ladies were condoling with each other over the respective short-comings of their husbands.

    Step Lively! | George Niblo
  • Very likely he was off condoling with his friend and fellow conspirator, the caretaker, and I fumed with rage and disappointment.

    The House of a Thousand Candles | Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for condole


/ (kənˈdəʊl) /

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

Origin of condole

C16: from Church Latin condolēre to suffer pain (with another), from Latin com- together + dolēre to grieve, feel pain

Derived forms of condole

  • condolatory, adjective
  • condoler, noun
  • condolingly, adverb

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