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

Definition of inconsolable

: incapable of being consoled : disconsolate

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 The cinematic language and tone of TILL was deeply rooted in the balance between loss in the absence of love; the inconsolable grief in the absence of joy; and the embrace of Black life alongside the heart wrenching loss of a child. William Earl, Variety, 25 July 2022 Hearing Jonathan Tunick’s shimmering orchestrations played — and sung — so exquisitely serves as a wonderful tribute to Sondheim, whose death last November left Broadway with an inconsolable sense of loss echoed in the somber moments of this show. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 July 2022 In Koropy, the village near Kharkiv, Mr. Ketler’s mother, Nadezhda Ketler, was inconsolable as the gravediggers and inspectors worked. New York Times, 3 July 2022 Maddie was lying on the ground, inconsolable, refusing to move on with her day. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 Strong winds were responsible for more than just knocking a few sticks of cotton candy from the hands of seemingly inconsolable children. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2022 Yulia’s neighbors heard her that night, inconsolable. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 Yulia’s neighbors heard her that night, inconsolable. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 Travis Grayson, Chesterton’s star senior point guard, was almost inconsolable after the game. Michael Osipoff,, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Inconsolable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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