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[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
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  • Inadmissibility of expressions of condolence or sympathy.
  • For years he's made condolence calls or visits with members of his congregation whose pets have died.
  • Within a few minutes, he sent a telegram of condolence to the widow.
  • He declined to write official letters of condolence to the widows or families of deceased officers.
  • Usually, presidential statements of condolence are reserved for the deaths of foreign dignitaries.
  • The families of those who were lost were presented with a letter of condolence.
  • Many messages of condolence are being received on a special remembrance web page from the local community and beyond.
British Dictionary definitions for condolence


(often pl) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
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Word Origin and History for condolence

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

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