in·​con·​sol·​able | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsō-lə-bəl How to pronounce inconsolable (audio) \

Definition of inconsolable

: incapable of being consoled : disconsolate

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Other Words from inconsolable

inconsolableness noun
inconsolably \ ˌin-​kən-​ˈsō-​lə-​blē How to pronounce inconsolably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of inconsolable in a Sentence

She was inconsolable when she learned that he had died. he was inconsolable after the death of his wife
Recent Examples on the Web She was tied for top score for the night, and looked to be inconsolable after her elimination. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "'Dancing With the Stars' shock elimination leaves fans shook," 22 Oct. 2019 Khatun, the 45-year-old from the Darrang district, is inconsolable. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "A crackdown in India on suspected illegal immigrants could leave millions stateless," 26 Aug. 2019 Alberto Carrillo, his friends and family would later tell police, was inconsolable after his brother’s death. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Hero’s tragic turn: San Francisco utility worker who saved two lives imprisoned for gun possession," 8 Aug. 2019 Gaido's mother was inconsolable and died two months later of a broken heart, said Bartolotti. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Battle of Midway hero played by Nick Jonas in new film was Milwaukee man," 14 Nov. 2019 Out of his mind with anger and disbelief, Chubb hurled his helmet like an inconsolable child as victorious Chicago Bears danced all around him. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Pain of the Broncos’ football-gods-must-hate-us loss to Chicago will eat team alive," 15 Sep. 2019 With one of his massive forearms wrapped around the seemingly inconsolable Smith, Bruno Fernando helped his young teammate to the locker room. Don Markus,, "Going into his sophomore year, Maryland’s Jalen Smith working on his game, his body and his mind," 2 Nov. 2019 Collins was seething and inconsolable, his mind racing with rage after drawing a sixth foul and earning a late-game disqualification. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Student of the game: Zach Collins, primed for a bigger role with Portland Trail Blazers, has long been preparing for this moment," 22 Oct. 2019 Pal was reportedly inconsolable, refusing to allow anyone to approach and ignoring food left for him. John Kelly, Washington Post, "More than 50,000 animals are buried in this cemetery," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of inconsolable

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inconsolable

Latin inconsolabilis, from in- + consolabilis consolable

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The first known use of inconsolable was in 1596

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25 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Inconsolable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconsolable

: extremely sad and not able to be comforted


in·​con·​sol·​a·​ble | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsō-lə-bəl \

Kids Definition of inconsolable

: very sad and not able to be comforted I was inconsolable when my cat died.

Other Words from inconsolable

inconsolably \ -​blē \ adverb

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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