[ kon-suh-ley-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of consoling; comfort; solace.

  2. the state of being consoled.

  1. someone or something that consoles: His faith was a consolation during his troubles. Her daughters are a consolation to her.

  2. 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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How to use consolation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consolation


/ (ˌkɒnsəˈleɪʃən) /

  1. the act of consoling or state of being consoled; solace

  2. a person or thing that is a source of comfort in a time of suffering, grief, disappointment, etc

Derived forms of consolation

  • consolatory (kənˈsɒlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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