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[in-kuh n-soh-luh-buh l]
  1. not able to be comforted or consoled; disconsolate: She was inconsolable when her son died.
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Origin of inconsolable

1590–1600; < Latin inconsōlābilis. See in-3, consolable
Related formsin·con·sol·a·bil·i·ty, in·con·sol·a·ble·ness, nounin·con·sol·a·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • As she turned Dossie trotted after her; and as she vanished Dossie cried, inconsolably.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • They would have been woes utterly and inconsolably unbearable.

  • No stranger could have felt so unwelcomed as she did--so alien, so inconsolably homeless.

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

  • I have not time to enlarge now, for which I believe you will not be inconsolably grieved.

  • There are some who complain most energetically and inconsolably of any, because they are, as they say, doing their duty.

British Dictionary definitions for inconsolably


  1. incapable of being consoled or comforted; disconsolate
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Derived Formsinconsolability or inconsolableness, nouninconsolably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconsolably



c.1500 (implied in inconsolably), from Latin inconsolabilis "inconsolable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + consolabilis "consolable," from consolari (see console (v.)).

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