congratudolences

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of congratulations and condolences.

Interjection[edit]

congratudolences

  1. (humorous) Used to express congratulations and condolences simultaneously.
    • 1996 October 31, Dennis Monbourquette, “Re: DemoniK for hire”, in alt.1d, Usenet,
      : And soon to be an eligible bachelor guy!
      Congratudolences, or whatever.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term is in principle used in reaction to an event that is presented as both positive and negative; however, it is often used ironically, in reaction to an event that is normally viewed only as positive, in order to hint that the event could also be viewed as negative.

Noun[edit]

congratudolences (plural only)

  1. (humorous) Simultaneous congratulations and condolences.
    • 1918–1920, Octavus Roy Cohen, Come Seven, page 354,
      The place was crowded. It was crowded with men who knew Cass intimately. A score crowded commiseratingly around him. “Ise sayin’ tha’s a devil of a trick fo’ a feller's gal to do, Cass — run off an’ make ma’iage with another man!” Cass ducked and tried to get away. Bud Peaglar extended earnest congratudolences. “Bet I woul’n’t stan’ fo’ it if’n I was you, Cass.”
    • 2005, Colin Baenziger, quoted in Mark Woods, “New Clay manager has his hands full”, in The Florida Times-Union, 2005 October 12,
      "When I have friends elected to the city council, I offer them congratudolences," Baenziger said.