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or condolement

[kuh n-doh-luh ns] /kənˈdoʊ ləns/
Often, condolences. expression of sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.
Origin of condolence
1595-1605; condole + -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Touching this promotion, Bunce had nothing but condolement to offer to the new junior lord.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • Tokens of condolement mingled themselves with welcomes and felicitations.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Then how to act (I who am no hypocrite) in the days of condolement!

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "Don't cry so, Lucia," he said to her one night, not long after the condolement.

  • The writer descanted long upon his own miseries, without any inquiry or condolement for the sufferings of the ladies.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for condolement


(often pl) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for condolement



c.1600, from Late Latin condolere "to suffer together" (see condole) + -ence. Often in form condoleance 1600-1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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