condole

verb

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

intransitive verb

1
obsolete : grieve
2
: to express sympathetic sorrow
condolatory adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Despite nationwide protests, the prime minister has not yet condemned Lankesh’s murder or condoled with her family. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of condole was circa 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Condole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condole. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

condole

verb
con·​dole kən-ˈdōl How to pronounce condole (audio)
condoled; condoling
: to express sympathetic sorrow
condole with them in their grief
condolence
kən-ˈdō-lən(t)s
ˈkän-də-
noun
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