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[in-kuh n-soh-luh-buh l] /ˌɪn kənˈsoʊ lə bəl/
not consolable; that cannot be comforted; disconsolate:
She was inconsolable when her son died.
Origin of inconsolable
1590-1600; < Latin inconsōlābilis. See in-3, consolable
Related forms
inconsolability, inconsolableness, noun
inconsolably, adverb Unabridged
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  • It was the subtle despotism of an idea that suffers no rivals, that is lonely, inconsolable, and dangerous.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • When the day came that they must go he was inconsolable though he made no complaint.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • She was inconsolable, and in a few days retired to her country house, and refused to see any one.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Fanny was inconsolable when Dame Kramm confided to her its contents.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • In a few minutes she came into the bow of her canoe, where she sat weeping with inconsolable sorrow.

  • When Proserpine was assured that she must be parted for a time from Pluto, she was inconsolable.

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • Big John Pritchard tried to console him, but he was inconsolable.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • They had not cared over much for it while they had had it; now it was gone, they were inconsolable.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for inconsolable


incapable of being consoled or comforted; disconsolate
Derived Forms
inconsolability, inconsolableness, noun
inconsolably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconsolable

c.1500 (implied in inconsolably), from Latin inconsolabilis "inconsolable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + consolabilis "consolable," from consolari (see console (v.)).

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