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[kuh n-dohl] /kənˈdoʊl/
verb (used without object), condoled, condoling.
to express sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief (usually followed by with):
to condole with a friend whose father has died.
verb (used with object), condoled, condoling.
Obsolete. to grieve with.
Origin of condole
1580-90; < Late Latin condolēre, equivalent to con- con- + dolēre to feel pain; akin to dolor
Related forms
[kuh n-doh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈdoʊ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
condoler, noun
condolingly, adverb
uncondolatory, adjective
uncondoled, adjective
uncondoling, adjective
Can be confused
condole, console. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for condole
Historical Examples
  • Where I cannot advise I can condole and communicate, which doubles joy, halves sorrow.

  • How pleasant it is to condole with friends on such occasions.

  • You must think I would rather congratulate than condole with you.

    The Way of the World William Congreve
  • I condole with you in your bereavement, but it is the fortune of war.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • I must say one word to condole with you for your lost friend.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • Your servant, my prince; you reigned most worthily, I condole with you on your abdication.

    The Lady of Lyons Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Doyle and O'Donoghue and all the police will call round to condole with him.

    The Simpkins Plot George A. Birmingham
  • But this was not the worst; some of them were so ill advised as to condole with Wilkinson.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • At the threshold of Gottlieb's house a number of the chief burgesses of Cologne had corporated spontaneously to condole with him.

  • I could condole with you on the charge, but you will find it the only way not to seem to thwart her.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for condole


(intransitive) foll by with. to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc
Derived Forms
condolatory, adjective
condoler, noun
condolingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Church Latin condolēre to suffer pain (with another), from Latin com- together + dolēre to grieve, feel pain
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Word Origin and History for condole

late 15c., "to sorrow," from Late Latin condolere "to suffer with another," from com- "with" (see com-) + dolere "to grieve." Meaning "to express condolences" is recorded from 1650s. Related: Condoled; condoling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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