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consolation

[kon-suh-ley-shuhn]
noun
  1. the act of consoling; comfort; solace.
  2. the state of being consoled.
  3. someone or something that consoles: His faith was a consolation during his troubles. Her daughters are a consolation to her.
  4. Sports. a game, match, or race for tournament entrants eliminated before the final round, as a basketball game between the losing semifinalists.
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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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Related Words

pitysolacecompassioncomfortencouragementsympathysuccorassuagementhelpeasementalleviationeasecheersupportlenity

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British Dictionary definitions for consolations

consolation

noun
  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
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Derived Formsconsolatory (kənˈsɒlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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Word Origin and History for consolations

n.

c.1400, "act of consolation;" see consolation.

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consolation

n.

late 14c., "act of consoling," from Old French consolacion (11c., Modern French consolation) "solace, comfort; delight, pleasure," from Latin consolationem (nominative consolatio-) "consoling, comforting," noun of action from consolat-, past participle stem of consolari (see console (v.)). Consolation prize is recorded from 1886.

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