Condolence
Condolence Con*do"lence, n. [Cf. F. condol['e]ance.] Expression of sympathy with another in sorrow or grief. [1913 Webster]

Their congratulations and their condolences. --Steele. [1913 Webster]

A special mission of condolence. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • condolence — index pity, solace Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • condolence — c.1600, from L.L. condolere to suffer together (see CONDOLE (Cf. condole)) + ENCE (Cf. ence). Often in form condoleance 1600 1800 …   Etymology dictionary

  • condolence — *sympathy, pity, commiseration, compassion, ruth, empathy Analogous words: consoling or consolation, solacing or solace, comforting (see corresponding verbs at COMFORT) Contrasted words: felicitation, congratulation (see corresponding verbs at… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • condolence — [n] sympathy comfort, commiseration, compassion, condolement, consolation, fellow feeling, solace; concept 633 …   New thesaurus

  • condolence — ► NOUN ▪ an expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death …   English terms dictionary

  • condolence — [kən dō′ləns] n. [< LL(Ec) condolens: see CONDOLE] [often pl.] expression of sympathy with another in grief: also condolement SYN. PITY …   English World dictionary

  • Condolence — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Condolence >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 condolence condolence Sgm: N 1 lamentation lamentation &c. 839 Sgm: N 1 sympathy sympathy consolation PARAG:Condolence >V GRP: V 1 Sgm: V 1 condole with …   English dictionary for students

  • condolence — UK [kənˈdəʊləns] / US [kənˈdoʊləns] noun [plural] Word forms condolence : singular condolence plural condolences condolences the things that you say to show sympathy when someone has just died We offer our condolences to David and his family on… …   English dictionary

  • condolence — [17] Condolence and sympathy are parallel formations: both go back to classical originals (late Latin condolēre and Greek sumpátheia respectively) which meant literally ‘together suffering’. Latin condolēre was a compound verb formed from the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • condolence — [[t]kəndo͟ʊləns[/t]] condolences 1) N UNCOUNT A message of condolence is a message in which you express your sympathy for someone because one of their friends or relatives has died recently. Neil sent him a letter of condolence. 2) N PLURAL When… …   English dictionary

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