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condolence

noun con·do·lence \kən-ˈdō-lən(t)s also ˈkän-də-\

: a feeling or expression of sympathy and sadness especially when someone is suffering because of the death of a family member, a friend, etc.

Full Definition of CONDOLENCE

1
:  sympathy with another in sorrow
2
:  an expression of sympathy

Examples of CONDOLENCE

  1. The governor issued a statement of condolence to the victims' families.
  2. We wish to express our sincere condolences to your family.

First Known Use of CONDOLENCE

1603

Synonym Discussion of CONDOLENCE

pity, compassion, commiseration, condolence, sympathy mean the act or capacity for sharing the painful feelings of another. pity implies tender or sometimes slightly contemptuous sorrow for one in misery or distress <felt pity for the captives>. compassion implies pity coupled with an urgent desire to aid or to spare <treats the homeless with great compassion>. commiseration suggests pity expressed outwardly in exclamations, tears, or words of comfort <murmurs of commiseration filled the loser's headquarters>. condolence applies chiefly to formal expression of grief to one who has suffered loss <expressed their condolences to the widow>. sympathy often suggests a tender concern but can also imply a power to enter into another's emotional experience of any sort <went to my best friend for sympathy> <in sympathy with her desire to locate her natural parents>.

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