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

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Other Words from consolation

consolatory \kən-​ˈsō-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē, -​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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For some victims’s families, knowing Little is responsible might be their only consolation. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Elderly prisoner claims he’s America’s deadliest serial killer with 90 victims. Police believe him.," 20 Nov. 2018 Anyone who's ever laid in bed sobbing from a movie induced broken heart with only a box of Kleenex and a bag of cheese doodles as consolation knows that Nicholas Sparks is the king of romantic dramas. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Definitive Ranking of the 8 Best Nicholas Sparks Movies," 20 Nov. 2018 In 1998, Denmark made a run to the quarterfinals, while Croatia lost in the semis and beat the Netherlands in the third-place consolation match. Avi Creditor,, "LIVE: Croatia, Denmark Battle for World Cup Quarterfinal Spot," 1 July 2018 The consolation for investors is that economies are still healthy and growth in the U.S. has remained strong. Richard Barley, WSJ, "What Is Happening to Global Growth?," 23 May 2018 As a consolation, North Korea watchers can return to one of their favorite pastimes, scrutinizing which North Korean officials make it to the viewing balcony with Kim. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "AP Explains: What to expect at N.Korea 70th anniversary gala," 7 Sep. 2018 Albeit a mere consolation, their single goal in the defeat to the Three Lions was their first ever World Cup goal, and it was met with sheer jubilation., "Increasing the Amount of Teams at the World Cup Is a Great Idea, Even if the Quality Will Diminish," 2 July 2018 The new recipe isn’t quite ready for stores, says co-owner Joe Ametrano, but for consolation, new flavors Chocolate Mexicali and Cinnamon Churro will be ready for Cinco de Mayo. Brooke Knisley,, "6 must-try New England ice cream flavors for summer 2018," 2 May 2018 She's been coming by often — in tears — for consolation. Valerie Frankel, Good Housekeeping, "Answering the Trickiest Questions," 8 June 2012

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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 \

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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