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


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.

Nearby words

  1. consociation,
  2. consocies,
  3. consol,
  4. consol.,
  5. consolate,
  6. consolation of philosophy, the,
  7. consolation prize,
  8. consolations,
  9. consolato del mare,
  10. consolatory

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

SYNONYMS FOR consolation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for consolations


/ (ˌkɒnsəˈleɪʃən) /


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 Formsconsolatory (kənˈsɒlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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