dis·​con·​so·​late dis-ˈkän(t)-sə-lət How to pronounce disconsolate (audio)
: cheerless
a clutch of disconsolate housesD. H. Lawrence
: dejected, downcast
the team returned disconsolate from three losses
disconsolately adverb
disconsolateness 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 After her death, Morgan even resorted to necromancy, reviving the People’s Princess (now embodied by Elizabeth Debicki) as an apparition who soothes a disconsolate Charles (Dominic West) and makes peace with a grieving but resentful Elizabeth (Imelda Staunton). Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2023 Sign up In fairness to this disconsolate lot, there are some signs that some of Trump’s competitors understand what’s been gift-wrapped and laid at their feet. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2023 That’s why some Democrats have been so disconsolate despite their presidential victory. Doyle McManus Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2020 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, 27 June 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disconsolate was in the 15th century

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“Disconsolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconsolate. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​con·​so·​late dis-ˈkän(t)-sə-lət How to pronounce disconsolate (audio)
: very sad : dejected
disconsolately adverb
disconsolateness noun

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