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[kuh n-sol-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsɒl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
giving comfort; consoling.
Origin of consolatory
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin consōlātōrius, equivalent to consōlā(re) (see console1) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
consolatorily, adverb
consolatoriness, noun
unconsolatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "You couldn't tell me nothing about Flixman," he said as he offered Kapfer a consolatory cigar.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • I interrupted her with consolatory phrases of the ordinary kind.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • "You'll forget it all before long," suggested the consolatory Ashley.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • It should be an inspiring and consolatory thought to Mr. Kellett Chalmers.

  • Joyce could only hope nothing had been heard in the corridor, but her first surreptitious glance was not consolatory.

    Joyce's Investments Fannie E. Newberry
  • Is that consolatory view of the matter the outcome of philosophy, or of virtue?

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Belmont held the coat for his master, who slipped into it, and flung at Wilding what was intended for a consolatory sop.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • That is the sort of remark which relatives sometimes regard as consolatory.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • But let us see how this most consolatory truth is set forth in holy Scripture.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • In this way the dinner-party at the palace was in a degree comforting and consolatory.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
Word Origin and History for consolatory

early 15c., from Latin consolatorius, from consolator, agent noun from consolari (see console (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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