An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of the death of a person’s relative or close friend: we offer our sincere condolences to his widow [mass noun]: letters of condolence
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- All of us here express our sincere condolences to Roger's wife, family and friends.
- The Garrafrauns group offers their condolences to his relations and wide circle of friends.
- We wish to express our sincere condolences to all in our community who were bereaved during the year.
sympathy, commiseration(s), solace, comfort, consolation, fellow feeling, understanding, empathy, compassion, pity, solicitude, concern, support
Early 17th century: from condole, influenced by French condoléance.
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