consolation

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

Definition of consolation

1 :the act or an instance of consoling :the state of being consoled :comfort
  • She found great consolation in all the cards and letters she received.
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

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Origin and Etymology of consolation



CONSOLATION Defined for English Language Learners

consolation

noun

Definition of consolation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONSOLATION Defined for Kids

consolation

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

Definition of consolation for Students

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 :the act of comforting or the state of being comforted


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