Definition of disconsolate in English:


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  • 1Without consolation or comfort; unhappy.

    ‘he'd met the man's disconsolate widow’
    • ‘I have never seen a more disconsolate and desolate group than the Party after that speech.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes after they trooped out of their dressing-room, disconsolate, shocked by what had unfolded, the footballers were still trying to come to terms with the reality of their situation.’
    • ‘If you finish fourth and you don't race well, then you can be frustrated and disconsolate.’
    • ‘A disconsolate player admitted: ‘We blew it with those two penalty misses.’’
    • ‘I felt a bit too embarrassed for that, said the disconsolate defender.’
    • ‘I get whiny, and disconsolate, and I'm generally so absorbed in personal misery at the disaster I anticipate that I can't really think of very much else.’
    • ‘But they are far from disconsolate, because they have confirmed that the defensive ditch of the medieval Castle is still in good condition and where they expected it to be.’
    • ‘My horse trudges bored and disconsolate around the whole property, seeking even a single blade of green grass.’
    • ‘Quite a few disconsolate men complained that the ballot should have been secret, but they did so while lacerated by basilisk stares from the suspicious harridans they had brought with them.’
    • ‘‘They don't make a living out of getting things wrong,’ one disconsolate MP said last night.’
    • ‘‘They never turned up’ was one of the most common post-match complaints from disconsolate supporters.’
    • ‘So off I sloped, rather disconsolate, leaving my second attempt at a French loaf to sulk on the counter, all sunken and miserable-looking.’
    • ‘Daniel is red-eyed from weeping, while John stares unseeingly out of a hotel window, disconsolate.’
    • ‘By then the protesters appeared to have lost heart and left the lecture hall looking disconsolate as the audience gave the speaker a round of applause.’
    • ‘The painter creates bleak snowscapes peopled by groups of disconsolate figures, dispersing and recombining.’
    • ‘No one, though, seemed too disconsolate at the prospect of a replay.’
    • ‘I can't say I was too much bothered, though Dolly and Harry were disconsolate.’
    • ‘Spectators aren't going to go home disconsolate if their team loses, as they do in Australia.’
    • ‘One skater who helps run one of many clubs for children said hundreds of youngsters would be disconsolate.’
    • ‘He was staring out of the window, disconsolate that he had to urge me to censor my work.’
    sad, unhappy, doleful, woebegone, dejected, downcast, downhearted, despondent, dispirited, crestfallen, cast down, depressed, fed up, disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, crushed, desolate, heartbroken, broken-hearted, inconsolable, heavy-hearted, low-spirited, forlorn, in the doldrums, melancholy, miserable, long-faced, wretched, glum, gloomy, dismal
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    1. 1.1(of a place or thing) causing or showing a complete lack of comfort; cheerless.
      ‘solitary, disconsolate clumps of cattails’
      • ‘And the name seemed poignantly appropriate for the often disconsolate City.’
      • ‘The entire show lacks the disconsolate desolation of Fitzgerald's own great novels and offers flappers and tap dancing in its place.’
      • ‘This should be disconsolate in nature, and whining in tone.’
      • ‘Yet Birmingham's interiors, like her landscapes, tend more often toward the moody and disconsolate, as if each were telling the story of a broken childhood and a later broken heart.’
      • ‘So this afternoon will see me making another disconsolate tour of the range, in the vain hope of finding a pair of shoes that is both elegant and comfortable.’
      • ‘To end on a disconsolate note is not pessimistic, nor is it dark and brooding; it is reality, hitting us in the face, over and over.’
      • ‘It wasn't like people were silent, morosely sipping beer and casting disconsolate glances up to track the progress.’
      • ‘From disconsolate hair-combing to the silent succumbing to lust it is a memorable performance.’
      • ‘The winner's arms raised in triumph, the loser sprawled in disconsolate resignation.’
      • ‘It is a disconsolate landscape indeed.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, in this disconsolate landscape there slumbers a desire for solace, intimacy and meaning.’
      • ‘I shall not mention your disconsolate country, for it is of no avail to reopen a wound that still aches.’
      • ‘Now the international spotlight has left that disconsolate country, it is left with an uncertain and hopelessly complex future.’



/diˈskäns(ə)lət/ /dɪˈskɑns(ə)lət/


Late Middle English from medieval Latin disconsolatus, from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin consolatus (past participle of consolari ‘to console’).