condolence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From condole +‎ -ence, or from Middle French condoléance, or formed from the root of Latin condoleō (I sympathize), from con- (together, with) and doleō (I hurt, suffer, have pain).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /kənˈdoʊləns/
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Noun[edit]

condolence (countable and uncountable, plural condolences)

  1. (uncountable) Comfort, support or sympathy.
    There was not much to do after the accident but offer what condolence I could.
  2. (countable, usually in the plural) An expression of comfort, support, or sympathy offered to the family and friends of somebody who has died.
    I sent her a card expressing my condolences after her mother passed away.

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Category English terms derived from the PIE root *delh₁- not found

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