the act of consoling; comfort; solace.
the state of being consoled.
someone or something that consoles: His faith was a consolation during his troubles. Her daughters are a consolation to her.
Sports. a game, match, or race for tournament entrants eliminated before the final round, as a basketball game between the losing semifinalists.

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

1. relief, succor, help, support, cheer. Unabridged
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consolation (ˌkɒnsəˈleɪʃən)
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

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "act of consoling," from Fr. consolation (12c.), from L. consolationem "consoling, comforting," noun of action from consolari (see console (v.)). Consolation prize is recorded from 1886.

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