dis·​con·​so·​late | \ dis-ˈkän(t)-sə-lət How to pronounce disconsolate (audio) \

Definition of disconsolate

1 : cheerless a clutch of disconsolate houses— D. H. Lawrence
2 : dejected, downcast the team returned disconsolate from three losses

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Other Words from disconsolate

disconsolately adverb
disconsolateness noun
disconsolation \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce disconsolation (audio) \ noun

Examples of disconsolate in a Sentence

Campaign workers grew increasingly disconsolate as the results came in. spent her last years in the disconsolate environs of a cheap boarding house
Recent Examples on the Web Rachael spent all day alone with a fussy baby, and Justin inevitably returned from work at his daughter’s most disconsolate hour. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Rachael and Justin Pines of Fishtown," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of disconsolate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disconsolate

Middle English, from Medieval Latin disconsolatus, from Latin dis- + consolatus, past participle of consolari to console

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“Disconsolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconsolate. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disconsolate

formal : very unhappy or sad


dis·​con·​so·​late | \ dis-ˈkän-sə-lət How to pronounce disconsolate (audio) \

Kids Definition of disconsolate

: too sad to be cheered up They still felt disconsolate, and Maddie wondered if she were going to be unhappy … forever.— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses

Other Words from disconsolate

disconsolately adverb

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