Definition of disconsolate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisˈkäns(ə)lət/


1Without consolation or comfort; unhappy: he’d met the man’s disconsolate widow
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  • I have never seen a more disconsolate and desolate group than the Party after that speech.
  • Fifteen minutes after they trooped out of their dressing-room, disconsolate, shocked by what had unfolded, the footballers were still trying to come to terms with the reality of their situation.
  • If you finish fourth and you don't race well, then you can be frustrated and disconsolate.
sad, unhappy, doleful, woebegone, dejected, downcast, downhearted, despondent, dispirited, crestfallen, cast down, depressed, down, disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, low-spirited, forlorn, in the doldrums, melancholy, miserable, long-faced, glum, gloomy
informal blue, choked, down in/at the mouth, down in the dumps, in a blue funk
literary dolorous
1.1(Of a place or thing) causing or showing a complete lack of comfort; cheerless: solitary, disconsolate clumps of cattails
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  • And the name seemed poignantly appropriate for the often disconsolate City.
  • The entire show lacks the disconsolate desolation of Fitzgerald's own great novels and offers flappers and tap dancing in its place.
  • This should be disconsolate in nature, and whining in tone.



Pronunciation: /disˈkäns(ə)lətlē/
Example sentences
  • The distraught mother of the slain young man said disconsolately at his funeral, ‘I don't know who to blame for my son's death.
  • ‘I've been going to various media organisations, but not many are impressed,’ says he disconsolately.
  • A small boy sits disconsolately on a park bench, finishing up what looks like a packed lunch; we feel instinctively worried, protective - where are his parents?


Example sentences
  • I turned to Jonas, noting the disconsolateness that flawed his gorgeous amber-colored eyes.
  • For them, another weekday without work would only increase the emptiness and disconsolateness caused by idling away spare time.
  • His look bespoke the unquietness of his mind, and frequently wandered with an expression of disconsolateness and anxiety.


Pronunciation: /-ˌkänsəˈlāSHən/
Example sentences
  • His disconsolation was written all over his body language - as soon as he had crossed the finishing line his head went down and was soon in his hands.
  • The Cat seemed somewhat puzzled by this comment, and his stride became less confident, while his tail wagged in apparent disconsolation.
  • Its sudden withdrawal from the people would bring deeper disconsolation than to deprive them of television.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin disconsolatus, from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin consolatus (past participle of consolari 'to console').

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Syllabification: dis·con·so·late

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