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
Recent Examples on the Web The consolation is that the Senate bill that was moving to a vote by our deadline Wednesday includes money to keep workers and businesses afloat during this national economic shutdown and perhaps avoid a depression. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The High Price of Coronavirus Relief," 25 Mar. 2020 One small consolation was that a yellow school bus wound each morning through the one-time coal camp with free meals for his kids. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Why the coronavirus couldn't have come at a worse time for reeling Appalachian Kentucky," 21 Mar. 2020 In that instance my only consolation was to turn to my siblings for comfort, for their loss was as great as mine. Scott Wartman,, "Todd Portune: Tributes pour in from both parties after longtime Cincinnati public servant dies," 26 Jan. 2020 The consolation and championship games are Saturday., "St. John’s Prep will host the sixth Pete Frates Winter Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Essex Sports Center in Middleton. The tournament first was held in 2014, the same year Frates helped turn the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into a social media phenomenon.," 27 Dec. 2019 All of that, of course, is little consolation to Browns fans who have endured a playoff drought now extending to 17 years. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "From preseason darlings to another lost season: What happened to the Cleveland Browns?," 23 Dec. 2019 As the Queen herself seems to get more and more unknowable in the show, the consolation is that younger characters become more compelling. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best TV Moments of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 One consolation is that Sony’s image sensors, used in high-end smartphones, will help the components division bring in 5% more revenue for the year than previously expected. Washington Post, "Sony’s Optimism on Profits Looks Pretty Pessimistic," 31 Oct. 2019 Injuries made for a stop-start finish to the match, and Onel Hernandez' late consolation was not enough to prevent United moving up to seventh in the Premier League table., "Norwich 1-3 Man Utd: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Red Devils Win Despite Two Missed Penalties," 27 Oct. 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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4 Apr 2020

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“Consolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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