[ dis-kon-suh-lit ]

  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.

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

synonym study For disconsolate

1, 2. See desolate.

Other words for disconsolate

Other words from disconsolate

  • dis·con·so·late·ly, adverb
  • dis·con·so·la·tion [dis-kon-suh-ley-shuhn], /dɪsˌkɒn səˈleɪ ʃən/, dis·con·so·late·ness, noun

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How to use disconsolate in a sentence

  • The first man my eyes lighted upon as I stepped inside was MacRae, humped disconsolately on the edge of a bunk.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • "I have shame," sighed Ethel, walking across the room disconsolately, to put a book into a shelf.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • My trunks, which I had sent ahead by express, were standing disconsolately on the kitchen porch.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • "I haven't even a peg on which to hang a Scottish ancestor," said Salemina disconsolately.

  • Disconsolately the School team lined up behind their disgraced goal.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for disconsolate


/ (dɪsˈkɒnsəlɪt) /

  1. sad beyond comfort; inconsolable

  2. disappointed; dejected

Origin of disconsolate

C14: from Medieval Latin disconsōlātus, from dis- 1 + consōlātus comforted; see console 1

Derived forms of disconsolate

  • disconsolately, adverb
  • disconsolateness or disconsolation, noun

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