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consolation

[kon-suh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkɒn səˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of consoling; comfort; solace.
2.
the state of being consoled.
3.
someone or something that consoles:
His faith was a consolation during his troubles. Her daughters are a consolation to her.
4.
Sports. a game, match, or race for tournament entrants eliminated before the final round, as a basketball game between the losing semifinalists.
Origin of consolation
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English consolacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin consōlātiōn- (stem of consōlātiō), equivalent to consōlāt(us), past participle of consōlārī (con- con- + sōlā-, stem of sōlārī to comfort, + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion; see solace
Synonyms
1. relief, succor, help, support, cheer.
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  • In vain Anthony lifted her tea-cup and the muffin-plate to her for consolation.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • My only consolation is that the war must soon be over, and that I will have helped.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • But consolation to Haman will be death and torment to Mordecai.

  • It is a consolation to remember that, sooner or later, their time must come.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • They love their faiths, they find in them help and consolation and guidance, at least they tell me so.

    The Hearts of Men H. Fielding
British Dictionary definitions for consolation

consolation

/ˌkɒnsəˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of consoling or state of being consoled; solace
2.
a person or thing that is a source of comfort in a time of suffering, grief, disappointment, etc
Derived Forms
consolatory (kənˈsɒlətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
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Word Origin and History for consolation
n.

late 14c., "act of consoling," from Old French consolacion (11c., Modern French consolation) "solace, comfort; delight, pleasure," from Latin consolationem (nominative consolatio-) "consoling, comforting," noun of action from consolat-, past participle stem of consolari (see console (v.)). Consolation prize is recorded from 1886.

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