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consolation

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noun con·so·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈlā-shən\

Simple Definition of consolation

  • : something that makes a person feel less sadness, disappointment, etc.

  • : a contest in which people or teams that have previously lost compete against each other

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of consolation

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of consoling :  the state of being consoled :  comfort

  2. 2 :  something that consoles; specifically :  a contest held for those who have lost early in a tournament

consolatory

play \kən-ˈsō-lə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈsä-\ adjective

Examples of consolation in a sentence

  1. His kind words were a consolation to me.

  2. <the consolation of the grieving family by their pastor>



14th Century

First Known Use of consolation

14th century



CONSOLATION Defined for Kids

consolation

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noun con·so·la·tion \ˌkän-sə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of consolation for Students

  1. 1 :  something that lessens disappointment, misery, or grief <… he would never be the best runner … and his only consolation was neither would Gary Fulcher. — Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia>

  2. 2 :  the act of comforting or the state of being comforted





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