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 Monday’s testimony ended abruptly when Mann broke down crying and was inconsolable, even after recessing for a short break. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Key Accuser Challenges Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer: "Are You My Psychiatrist?"," 4 Feb. 2020 For two days afterward — through another unsuccessful plea with an asylum officer to get them out of Mexico, another hielera stay and another return to Juarez — the child was inconsolable. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "“Women to One Side, Men to the Other”: How the Border Patrol’s New Powers and Old Carelessness Separated a Family," 31 Jan. 2020 Joel told me about his own customers, inconsolable before caffeine and approachable afterward. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "Visitor," 13 Jan. 2020 But Sunday’s news left me teary-eyed and inconsolable. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kobe Bryant left indelible mark, fueled my basketball passion -- Chris Fedor," 27 Jan. 2020 Son in particular was in tears on the pitch and was said to be inconsolable in the away dressing room after the game., "Everton Confirm Andre Gomes Is Expected to Make 'Full Recovery' Following Ankle Surgery," 4 Nov. 2019 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

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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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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inconsolable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 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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