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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Definitions for disconsolate

  1. Being beyond consolation; deeply dejected and dispirited; hopelessly sad; filled with grief; as, "a bereaved and disconsolate parent."
  2. Inspiring dejection; saddening; cheerless; as, "the disconsolate darkness of the winter nights."

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Citations for disconsolate
Midway through the course he came to the table with the disconsolate expression of a basketball coach whose team had just been trounced. Bryan Miller, New York Times
An eighteenth-century Fairfax, Thomas, lost the last of the land in the South Sea Bubble and the Fairfaxes were all but forgotten -- except for Lady Mary who was occasionally sighted, dressed all in green, disconsolate and gloomy, and occasionally with her head under her arm for good effect. Kate Atkinson, Human Croquet
Origin of disconsolate
1325-1375
Disconsolate comes from Medieval Latin disconsolatus, from Latin dis- + consolatus, past participle of consolari, "to console," from com-, intensive prefix + solari, "to comfort, to soothe, to relieve."