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consolatory

[kuh n-sol-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. giving comfort; consoling.
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Origin of consolatory

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin consōlātōrius, equivalent to consōlā(re) (see console1) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formscon·sol·a·to·ri·ly, adverbcon·sol·a·to·ri·ness, nounun·con·sol·a·to·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for consolatory

Historical Examples

  • There was, however, the consolatory hope of seeing all the following year.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Is that consolatory view of the matter the outcome of philosophy, or of virtue?

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • And with this consolatory reflection he left me to dress for dinner.

  • It was the finest and most consolatory he ever wrote me on that subject.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon

    Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

  • That is the sort of remark which relatives sometimes regard as consolatory.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope


Word Origin and History for consolatory

adj.

early 15c., from Latin consolatorius, from consolator, agent noun from consolari (see console (v.)).

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