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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The Indians at Jamul have one consolation, however. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Jamul Indian Village grew at cemetery site," 6 Aug. 2019 Solace Provide comfort and consolation for any emotions and fears to help kids feel secure. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Talking to kids about El Paso, Dayton shootings? Use the 4 S's to discuss cruel violence," 4 Aug. 2019 In wrestling, the program’s first-ever girls’ wrestler to qualify for state competition Sophie Garcia capped her prolific career in the consolation round of 16 in CIF State Wrestling Championship at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Vincent Nguyen, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Looking Back: La Cañada teams fueled off pressure for successful campaigns," 24 July 2019 Postulating that there is no such thing as happiness may appear to be a purely negative message, but the silver lining, the consolation, is the knowledge that dissatisfaction is not a personal failure. Rafael Euba, Quartzy, "Why striving for happiness makes people miserable," 23 July 2019 The Milwaukee Bucks' offense struggled in the second half, helping the the Portland Trail Blazers to a 99-84 comeback victory in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game at Cox Pavilion on Friday night. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trail Blazers 99, Bucks 84: Offense sputters in final NBA Summer League game," 13 July 2019 Here, the doner is usually eaten in consolation for a night out that has not gone as well as one hoped. 1843, "Don’t knock the doner kebab," 10 July 2019 The regular schedule will follow with consolation and tournament games, which will include all 32 NBA teams. Indystar Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers to face Ja Morant, Grizzlies in Summer League opener," 21 June 2019 Roya’s consolations are her memories, her traditions and the poetry of her youth. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Tin-Eared Bureaucrats and Frayed Connections," 14 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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