condolence

[kuhn-doh-luhns]
noun
Often, condolences. expression of sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.
Also, condolement.


Origin:
1595–1605; condole + -ence

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condolence or condolement (kənˈdəʊləns, kənˈdəʊlmənt)
 
n
(often plural) an expression of sympathy with someone in grief, etc
 
condolement or condolement
 
n

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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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Example sentences
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.
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