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 consolatory (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

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Toronto at least has a championship to show for Kawhi, which is the point of all of this, and is no small consolation. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Winners and Losers: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and NBA Free Agency's Second Act," 7 July 2019 That Bundy had his fifth quality start in 16 tries, and first since June 9, was no small consolation. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles, Dylan Bundy top Blue Jays, 4-1, as Chris Davis drives in three," 6 July 2019 This might be little consolation for ticket purchasers, but this was a positive night in Beede’s development. Henry Schulman,, "Giants sputter again, making Alex Young’s big-league debut a happy occasion for Diamondbacks," 27 June 2019 The Panthers lost in the consolation final to Hutto. Alex Miller,, "Brandeis, O’Connor headline nine area schools playing in state 7-on-7 tournament," 24 June 2019 The only consolation was the potential start date for the inaugural Tampa Bay-Montreal Ex-Rays: 2023. Henry Schulman,, "A’s manager Bob Melvin misses game to treat literal pain in the neck," 20 June 2019 Still, even if our collective Mac Pro cheese grating dreams have died an early death, there is some consolation: Moy goes on to show that the design does make an excellent stand for a bar of soap. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "YouTuber proves Apple’s new Mac Pro would not actually grate cheese that great," 20 June 2019 Losing out to eventual winner Ronaldinho, as well as finishing behind England teammate Frank Lampard, Gerrard did have the consolation of winning a different big one that year - lifting the Champions League trophy., "Ballon d'Or 2019: The 4 Liverpool Players Virgil van Dijk Can Emulate This Year With Top 3 Finish," 4 June 2019 Patrick Kluivert scored a late consolation for the Netherlands in a game that has gone down as one of England's greatest ever., "Netherlands vs England: Reliving 5 Classic Clashes Between the Sides Ahead of Nations League Finals," 4 June 2019

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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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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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