Meaning of consolation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɒnsəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1The comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment.

    ‘there was consolation in knowing that others were worse off’
    • ‘So would he attempt to persuade an individual who had always harmlessly derived comfort and consolation from his faith that his life was based on a falsehood?’
    • ‘There is no nostalgia here, only loss and small consolation.’
    • ‘She always had a word of consolation and comfort to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.’
    • ‘And I warn you in advance that there'll be absolutely nothing here of comfort or consolation.’
    • ‘But this was of little consolation or comfort to the latter who for the second year running had lost out at the final hurdle.’
    • ‘It wants to caress, to stroke, and to offer consolation and comfort.’
    • ‘I wanted him to know the comfort and consolation of Christ's redemptive love.’
    • ‘As a result of the tragic event of losing a child, these mothers turn to religion for consolation and comfort.’
    • ‘We are proud of our record in providing free advice, consolation and moral support in homes and courtrooms from Dublin to Cork.’
    • ‘Mary has been the source of solace and consolation in times of anxiety.’
    • ‘She found consolation in her faith and hope in its promise.’
    • ‘There is an unsettling realisation that the story, all stories, while tempting us with consolation and hope, in fact add to the world's misery.’
    • ‘Do you find consolation in prayer and aspiration, and holy self-destruction here, at the twelfth station?’
    • ‘In the Holy Cross cemetery prayers continued the theme of hope and consolation.’
    • ‘Even if mistreated, she could not come back to her parents for consolation or support.’
    • ‘Scotland could turn away from politics in disgust and seek consolation in cynicism.’
    • ‘Kevin was at a loss over how to offer his son any physical or emotional consolation.’
    • ‘Some people had scrawled words of consolation and encouragement on the remaining chunks of driftwood.’
    • ‘The film breaks down idealized visions of family and religion, for in this house, they offer not consolation but despair.’
    • ‘If not, they often fall into depression, and seek consolation in excessive eating, or drug and alcohol abuse.’
    comfort, solace
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    1. 1.1count noun A person or thing providing consolation.
      ‘the Church was the main consolation in a short and hard life’
      • ‘One of the consolations - for gardeners - of the long, wet, dark winter evenings is to sit in front of a roaring fire with seed catalogues and plant lists, and dream of how the garden will look in the summer.’
      • ‘For this, they remain personal heroes of mine since a close and intimate relationship seems to be one of the chief consolations of growing older, and I worry I lack the requisite skills, or have become stuck in my ways.’
      • ‘Simply put, his wild imagination and inexhaustible creative energy might have been the only consolations for a life that seemed destined for meek destitution from the start.’
      • ‘There is plenty of such colourful metaphor in this book - it is one of the consolations as one contemplates the astonishing greed, vanity, chutzpah and arrogance of the CEO.’
      • ‘One of the few consolations was that its demolition was a long drawn out process, hindered by the very high quality of the original construction (plenty of concrete).’
      • ‘His performance was one of the consolations of Ireland's mauling eight days ago and yesterday he accelerated the impression of an international career on the mend.’
      • ‘One of the consolations I have is that we often see these people again, and other helping agencies provide them with assistance too.’
      • ‘Still, he's got a few consolations, including his diary, the keeping of which began as an order from his father.’
      • ‘The hardest news concerned life's two greatest consolations: dogs and liquor.’
      • ‘It has always been one of the greatest pleasures and greatest consolations of humankind, found in all civilisations.’
      • ‘One of the consolations of getting older is that you become less interested in yourself.’
      • ‘The result was great consolation after a disappointing non-finish in the first race earlier in the day.’
      • ‘He is blind and in constant pain, his family's support his only consolation.’
      • ‘It is no consolation to those affected that this is part of a seemingly unstoppable process of change.’
      • ‘My only consolation is the pleasure I must have had killing her children in a former life.’
      • ‘My only consolation is the hope that those truly evil men will burn for eternity in Hell.’
      • ‘This fleshy digit is his security blanket, his best friend and sole consolation in an overly-critical world.’
      • ‘Their only consolation is the hope that the authorities would have informed them if there son were no longer alive.’
      • ‘He dares not date girls and the only consolation for his anxiety is to indulge in the world of porn.’
      • ‘The consolation for the visiting support, however, was that after half-an-hour their team had at last posed a threat to the home defence.’
    2. 1.2British count noun (in sport) a goal scored at a point when it is no longer possible for the scoring team to win.
      • ‘two minutes from time Moore grabbed a consolation goal for the losers’


Late Middle English via Old French from Latin consolatio(n-), from the verb consolari (see console).