con·​so·​la·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce consolation (audio) \

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

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Other Words from consolation

consolatory \ kən-​ˈsō-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce consolation (audio) , -​ˈsä-​ \ adjective

Examples of consolation in a Sentence

His kind words were a consolation to me. the consolation of the grieving family by their pastor
Recent Examples on the Web Yet Cincinnati had to settle for the third-place consolation game thr last two years. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "‘This was no fluke’: UC shocked as NCAA champs in 1961, 1962," 29 Mar. 2021 The Sun Devils will play the Fresno State-Missouri loser in a WNIT consolation game at 9 a.m. Saturday. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Rice women's basketball dominates fourth quarter for WNIT win over ASU," 19 Mar. 2021 The Bruins’ meltdown might relegate what once loomed as a colossal showdown into a consolation game. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Some help is needed for UCLA or USC to make Los Angeles a Pac-12 title town," 5 Mar. 2021 For Torrez, those steps don’t offer much consolation. Vauhini Vara, The Atlantic, "The One-Click Curse," 12 Feb. 2021 How much consolation this carries could depend on how much of a toll COVID-19 continues to take. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "COVID-19 takes toll in Louisville's loss to Virginia Tech, but Cardinals showed perseverance," 1 Nov. 2020 The moral victories grew stale in February and the consolation points are becoming tiresome in March. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars claw out desperately needed first regular-season regulation win over Lightning in over five years," 26 Mar. 2021 The format for the tournament will be the same as last weekend’s semi-state meets, with eight-man full consolation brackets. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Kentucky high school wrestling: State championships on the line Saturday," 26 Mar. 2021 Pioneers of Olive Town offers similar consolation, but with a bit more challenge. Swapna Krishna, Wired, "The New Story of Seasons Is Animal Crossing for Post-Lockdown," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of consolation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consolation

see console entry 2

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11 Apr 2021

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“Consolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


con·​so·​la·​tion | \ ˌkän-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce consolation (audio) \

Kids Definition of consolation

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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