Definition of consolation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnsəˈleɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnsəˈleɪʃn//
[uncountable, countable]
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a thing or person that makes you feel better when you are unhappy or disappointed synonym comfort a few words of consolation If it's any consolation, she didn't get the job, either. The children were a great consolation to him when his wife died. At least you weren’t hurt—that’s one consolation. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin consolatio(n-), from the verb consolari, from con- ‘with’ + solari ‘soothe’.Extra examples He drew little consolation from this fact. He went to seek consolation in the local pub. If it’s any consolation to you, the weather here is also awful. She had the consolation of coming second in her last race of the day. She tends to seek consolation in food. The children were a great consolation to me at that time. The next game will probably offer them the consolation of winning. There is some consolation for fans because the team still stands a chance of winning the local championship. This news was of little consolation to us. When her mother died, she found consolation in her religious beliefs. When she lost her job, her only consolation was that she had some savings in the bank. providing consolation for her loss At least you weren’t hurt—that’s one consolation. If it’s any comfort/​consolation to you… If it’s any consolation, she didn’t get the job either. It’s a great comfort/​consolation that… Six runners-up will get a consolation prize of a disposable camera. to seek/​find/​take comfort/​consolation
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