1 [kuhn-sohl]
verb (used with object), consoled, consoling.
to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort: Only his children could console him when his wife died.

1685–95; (< French consoler) < Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con- con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)

consolable, adjective
consoler, noun
consolingly, adverb
nonconsolable, adjective
nonconsoling, adjective
nonconsolingly, adverb
self-consoling, adjective
unconsolable, adjective
unconsolably, adverb
unconsoled, adjective
unconsoling, adjective
unconsolingly, adverb

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console1 (kənˈsəʊl)
to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
[C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace]

console2 (ˈkɒnsəʊl)
1.  an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc
2.  the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc
3.  a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
4.  same as games console
5.  a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor
6.  See console table
[C18: from French, shortened from Old French consolateur one that provides support, hence, supporting bracket, from Latin consōlātor a comforter; see console1]

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Word Origin & History

1690s, from Fr. consoler, from L. consolari "offer solace," from com- intensive prefix + solari "to comfort" (see solace). The Latin word is glossed in O.E. by frefran.

1706, from Fr. console "a bracket," possibly from M.Fr. consolateur, lit. "one who consoles," word used for carved human figures supporting cornices, shelves or rails in choir stalls. Originally "a cabinet," then "organ body" (1881), "radio cabinet" (1925), then "cabinet for a TV, stereo etc." (1944).
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