Definition of consolation in English:

consolation

Syllabification: con·so·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkänsəˈlāSHən
 
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noun

  • 1Comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment: there was consolation in knowing that others were worse off
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    • So would he attempt to persuade an individual who had always harmlessly derived comfort and consolation from his faith that his life was based on a falsehood?
    • There is no nostalgia here, only loss and small consolation.
    • She always had a word of consolation and comfort to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
    Synonyms
    comfort, solace, sympathy, compassion, pity, commiseration, empathy; relief, help, support, moral support, encouragement, reassurance
  • 1.1A person or thing providing comfort to a person who has suffered: the church was the main consolation in a short and hard life
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    • One of the consolations - for gardeners - of the long, wet, dark winter evenings is to sit in front of a roaring fire with seed catalogues and plant lists, and dream of how the garden will look in the summer.
    • For this, they remain personal heroes of mine since a close and intimate relationship seems to be one of the chief consolations of growing older, and I worry I lack the requisite skills, or have become stuck in my ways.
    • Simply put, his wild imagination and inexhaustible creative energy might have been the only consolations for a life that seemed destined for meek destitution from the start.
  • 1.2 Sports A round or contest for tournament entrants who have been eliminated before the finals, often to determine third and fourth place.
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    • In the consolation round, he was soundly thrashed by a wet paper bag, though he did cover the spread.
    • Krawczyk advanced to the semifinal putting Hawn in the consolation round where he will fight Saleh of Libya.
    • Her mom seemed so mean, she was so mad that she only got to swim in the consolation finals.

Derivatives

consolatory

Pronunciation: /kənˈsōləˌtôrē/
adjective
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  • The Virgin Mary could be tolerated for her merciful, loving, consolatory virtues if only one didn't at the same time have to buy into her passivity and sexual repressiveness.
  • They say it in a consolatory tone as if to say they wouldn't judge me if she doesn't.
  • The effect was often consolatory, showing acceptance, or even transcendence in the face of death.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin consolatio(n-), from the verb consolari (see console1).

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