consolation

[ kon-suh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn səˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of consoling; comfort; solace.
the state of being consoled.
someone or something that consoles: His faith was a consolation during his troubles. Her daughters are a consolation to her.
Sports. a game, match, or race for tournament entrants eliminated before the final round, as a basketball game between the losing semifinalists.

Origin of consolation

1325–75; Middle English consolacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin consōlātiōn- (stem of consōlātiō), equivalent to consōlāt(us), past participle of consōlārī (con- con- + sōlā-, stem of sōlārī to comfort, + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion; see solace
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consolation

/ (ˌkɒnsəˈleɪʃən) /

noun

the act of consoling or state of being consoled; solace
a person or thing that is a source of comfort in a time of suffering, grief, disappointment, etc

Derived Forms

consolatory (kənˈsɒlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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