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

Definition of inconsolable

: incapable of being consoled : disconsolate

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Other Words from inconsolable

inconsolableness noun
inconsolably \ ˌin-​kən-​ˈsō-​lə-​blē \ 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

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But as the reality of her father's approaching last moments hit her, Hartman became inconsolable. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Grieving Sisters Missed Their Father's Last Moments After They Were Kicked Off a Flight," 6 Jan. 2017 Ugly God was visibly heartbroken as got closer to the casket, and eventually became inconsolable. Tony Centeno, Billboard, "Lil Uzi Vert, PnB Rock, Family Gather to Mourn the Death Of XXXTentacion," 28 June 2018 Among them was an inconsolable five-year-old Syrian boy named Omar. Robin Hammond, National Geographic, "After Fleeing War, Refugee Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma," 20 June 2018 Waking up to the daily barrage of images and audio of terrified, inconsolable children in chainlink cages crying for their parents has left a lot of people feeling sad and helpless. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What You Can Do to Help Immigrant Children Being Separated From Their Parents at the Border," 19 June 2018 After a truly appalling performance, the Brazilians were inconsolable., "World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go - Hosts Brazil Suffer Record Humiliation Against Phenomenal Germans," 13 June 2018 As Real celebrated at the final whistle, an inconsolable Karius buried his face into the turf and then tearfully apologize to Liverpool's supporters. CNN, "Loris Karius: Police investigate death threats to Liverpool goalkeeper," 28 May 2018 The first third of Foxtrot deals with their inconsolable grief, portrayed with a brutal intensity by Lior Ashkenazi as the young man’s father, and Sarah Adler as his mother. Gary Thompson,, "'Foxtrot': Hot-button Israeli film masters tricky steps," 21 Mar. 2018 The way that was scripted was, I was supposed to be crying—like hysterical, inconsolable crying. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anya Taylor-Joy Is About to Take Over Hollywood," 8 Feb. 2017

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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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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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