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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.
Also, condolement.
Origin of condolence
1595-1605; condole + -ence Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


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

"formal declaration of sympathy," 1670s, plural of condolence. Reason for the plural is unclear; earliest references are to expressions from groups of persons; perhaps the habit stuck.



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

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