[ 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 theme occasioned as much enthusiasm as could be expected from hearts saddened by disconsolation.

  • A vast lassitude was weighing upon her, body and spirit were faint in the enervation of an inexorable disconsolation.

    Red Masquerade | Louis Joseph Vance
  • Dolf Springer sat on the door-step, his head hunched down between his shoulders, a very picture of disconsolation.

    Sudden Jim | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • He seemed to be anxious to be rid of her, and she went away in some disconsolation at his abrupt change of manner.

    Sylvia &amp; Michael | Compton Mackenzie
  • Then would anxiety, incertitude, and disconsolation possess the bosom of Melissa, until dissipated by his safe return.

    Alonzo and Melissa | Daniel Jackson, Jr.

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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