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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
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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Examples from the web for consolations
  • The consolations of teaching are fewer than she ever imagined.
  • Out of it once in a while comes music, companionship, stately consolations.
  • Literature has better consolations than either life or tabloids.
  • If priests could open up their hearts and tell you of their priesthood, they would speak of joy and consolations.
  • His tough, unshowy goodness is one of the film's consolations, though not its point.
  • There had been no dietary consolations regarding residents who had special dietary needs for more than six months.
British Dictionary definitions for consolations

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 consolations
n.

c.1400, "act of consolation;" see consolation.

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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