condole

verb
con·​dole | \ kən-ˈdōl How to pronounce condole (audio) \
condoled; condoling

Definition of condole

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : grieve
2 : to express sympathetic sorrow

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Other Words from condole

condolatory \ kən-​ˈdō-​le-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce condole (audio) \ adjective

Examples of condole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And fittingly, a wide range of people and institutions condoled is passing away. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Arun Jaitley: From 19 months in prison to the high table of Indian economic affairs," 24 Aug. 2019 Despite nationwide protests, the prime minister has not yet condemned Lankesh’s murder or condoled with her family. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "India’s Politkovskaya Moment," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of condole

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for condole

Late Latin condolēre, from Latin com- + dolēre to feel pain

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The first known use of condole was circa 1586

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“Condole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condole. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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