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condolence

[kuh n-doh-luh ns] /kənˈdoʊ ləns/
noun
1.
Often, condolences. expression of sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.
Also, condolement.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; condole + -ence
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Examples for condolences
  • And one stroke can be the difference between congratulations and condolences.
  • We express our condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed during the demonstrations.
  • My condolences to all those involved in the mission.
  • condolences and sympathies to his friends and family.
  • My condolences and sympathies to all the families and friends of the victims as well.
  • It was an oddly effusive greeting in what is typically a somber moment: the victor offering his condolences to the vanquished.
  • It was not even safe enough for me to attend his funeral or extend condolences to his family.
  • Amid the stream of condolences, criticisms of the government's handling of the festival have started to mount.
  • My sorrow and condolences go to the miners and their families who suffered.
  • It is not safe to go there to offer condolences also to go there to invest money.
British Dictionary definitions for condolences

condolence

/kənˈdəʊləns/
noun
1.
(often pl) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
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Word Origin and History for condolences
condolence
1580s, from L.L. condolere "to suffer together," from com- "with" + dolere "to grieve."
condolences
"formal declaration of sympathy," 1670s, pl. of condolence. Reason for the plural is unclear; earliest references are to expressions from groups of persons; perhaps the habit stuck.
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