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console1

[kuh n-sohl] /kənˈsoʊl/
verb (used with object), consoled, consoling.
1.
to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort:
Only his children could console him when his wife died.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; (< French consoler) < Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con- con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)
Related forms
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
Synonyms
See comfort1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for unconsoling

console1

/kənˈsəʊl/
verb
1.
to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
Derived Forms
consolable, adjective
consoler, noun
consolingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace

console2

/ˈkɒnsəʊl/
noun
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.
Word Origin
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 and History for unconsoling

console

v.

1690s, from French consoler "to comfort, console," from Latin consolari "offer solace, encourage, comfort, cheer," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + solari "to comfort" (see solace). Or perhaps a back-formation from consolation. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by frefran. Related: Consoled; consoling.

n.

1706, "a cabinet; an ornamental base structure," from French console "a bracket" (16c.), of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French consolateur, literally "one who consoles," word used for carved human figures supporting cornices, shelves or rails in choir stalls. Another guess connects it to Latin consolidare. Sense evolved to "body of a musical organ" (1881), "radio cabinet" (1925), then "cabinet for a TV, stereo, etc." (1944).

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Encyclopedia Article for unconsoling

console

in architecture, type of bracket or corbel, particularly one with a scroll-shaped profile: usually an ogee (S or inverted S curve) or double-ogee terminating in volutes (spirals) above and below. A console projects about one-half its height or less to support a windowhead, cornice, shelf, or sculpture. The difference between a console and other varieties of bracket has more to do with where it is used than its appearance, though in general a cantilever or modillion is supposed to project farther than a console in proportion to its height

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