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 inconsolable (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 What new human cosmos can be made Of this tempest of tears, this upland Of inconsolable jubilation? Nikky Finney, New York Times, "A New Day Dawns," 25 Feb. 2021 Told through the inconsolable emotions of a father having lost a son, this epic of sadness from every musical vantage point becomes like a never-ending folk song from the beyond. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Can music bring us unity? How Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Ayre’ is what we need now," 4 Nov. 2020 Virginia, the younger, died at 18 months, leaving distraught parents and an inconsolable 6-year-old sister, Helen. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | TOM DILLARD: Treatment of those in the tombs," 25 Oct. 2020 When young Moore returned home, his mother was inconsolable. Amy Chillag, CNN, "Making guitars saved a man from opioid addiction. Now others are getting the same help," 18 Sep. 2020 Dena, 55, brought her mother home in early June after watching her curl into an aide’s shoulder during a window visit, inconsolable. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "A daughter’s choice: Her mom didn’t have covid-19. But isolation seemed to be killing her.," 21 Aug. 2020 Alfonso d’Este had barely left Lucrezia’s side during her illness, and was inconsolable after her death. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 USA TODAY Lenka Perron, a St. Clair Shores volunteer for Bernie Sanders, was inconsolable Wednesday after the Vermont senator ended his bid for the presidency. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Bernie Sanders is out, but will his Michigan supporters migrate to Joe Biden?," 8 Apr. 2020 But investors, along with the public, appeared inconsolable and desperate for Congress to unleash aid that could help either stop the spread of the virus or at least buffet an economic hit that is threatening to tip the United States into recession. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Congress Nears Stimulus Deal With White House as Wall Street Suffers Rout," 12 Mar. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Inconsolable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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