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

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 The Monarchs won their first game in the consolation bracket of the Boras Classic. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Like their male teammates, Poway’s two girls Xiomara Gallego (106) and Alejandra Valdiviezo (121) stayed alive, winning three in the consolation bracket. Kevin J. Farmer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2022 The one who holds the family together is his mother, a stubborn woman who worries about the future and finds consolation in a stream of religious rituals at the Taoist altar in their home. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 The tournament was the National Invitation Tournament, a consolation competition, in which the Hogs reached the semifinals but fell to eventual champion Michigan. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 18 Mar. 2022 For consumers of course, soaring inflation brings no consolation at all. James Freeman, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 That the Clippers have been here before is no consolation. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Two romantic connections, and another unconventional maternal one, make an argument for love being a consolation: of the lockdown, yes, but of humanity, always. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Conceivably, Virginia’s plight means a smoother path for bubble teams like Louisville--if that’s any consolation. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 13 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Consolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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