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From Medieval Latin discōnsōlātus (comfortless), from dis- (away) +‎ cōnsōlātus (consoled).



disconsolate (comparative more disconsolate, superlative most disconsolate)

  1. Cheerless, dreary.
    Synonyms: bleak, dreary, downcast; see also Thesaurus:cheerless
    I opened my eyes to this disconsolate day.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], part 1, 2nd edition, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act III, scene ii:
      a farther paſſion feeds my thoughts,
      With ceaſeleſſe and diſconſolate conceits,
      Which dies my lookes so liueleſſe as they are,
      And might, if my extreames had ful euents,
      Make me the gaſtly counterfeit of death.
    • 1885, Robert L. Steveson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, chapter 7.
      Sitting close beside it, taking the air with an infinite sadness of mien, like some disconsolate prisoner, Utterson saw Dr. Jekyll.
    • 1897, W.S.Maugham, Liza of Lambeth, chapter 1.
      Worst off of all were the very young children, for there had been no rain for weeks, and the street was as dry and clean as a covered court, and, in the lack of mud to wallow in, they sat about the road, disconsolate as poets.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Jack Wilshere scores twice to ease Arsenal to victory over Marseille (in The Guardian, 26 November 2013)[1]
      Özil looked a little disconsolate when he was substituted late on, though he did set up Wilshere's second with a lovely pass off the outside of his left boot.
  2. Seemingly beyond consolation; inconsolable.
    Synonyms: dejected, inconsolable, unconsolable
    Antonym: consolable
    For weeks after the death of her cat she was disconsolate.
    • a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, The Pleasantness of Religion (sermon):
      overwhelmed with disconsolate sorrow

Derived terms[edit]




  1. (obsolete) Disconsolateness.





  1. vocative masculine singular of discōnsōlātus