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disconsolate

[dis-kon-suh-lit]
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adjective
  1. without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable: Loss of her pet dog made her disconsolate.
  2. characterized by or causing dejection; cheerless; gloomy: disconsolate prospects.
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Origin of disconsolate

1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin disconsōlātus, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + consōlātus consoled, past participle of consōlārī to console1; see -ate1
Related formsdis·con·so·late·ly, adverbdis·con·so·la·tion [dis-kon-suh-ley-shuh n] /dɪsˌkɒn səˈleɪ ʃən/, dis·con·so·late·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. heartbroken, dejected. 1, 2. sad, melancholy, sorrowful, miserable.

Synonym study

1, 2. See desolate.
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  • Mrs. Bines, so complacent overnight, was the most disconsolate one of the group.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Mrs. Rushton was sitting at her work, in rather a disconsolate frame of mind.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • What was the use of wandering about the house in this disconsolate manner?

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Tubby was disconsolate because the supply was so limited and the demand so great.

  • The disconsolate journalist had seated himself at a writing-table.


British Dictionary definitions for disconsolate

disconsolate

adjective
  1. sad beyond comfort; inconsolable
  2. disappointed; dejected
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Derived Formsdisconsolately, adverbdisconsolateness or disconsolation, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin disconsōlātus, from dis- 1 + consōlātus comforted; see console 1
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Word Origin and History for disconsolate

adj.

c.1400, from Medieval Latin disconsolatus "comfortless," from Latin dis- "away" (see dis-) + consolatus, past participle of consolari (see console (v.)). Related: Disconsolately.

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