Definition of consolation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment:

    ‘there was consolation in knowing that others were worse off’
    • ‘There is no nostalgia here, only loss and small consolation.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘In the Holy Cross cemetery prayers continued the theme of hope and consolation.’
    • ‘I wanted him to know the comfort and consolation of Christ's redemptive love.’
    • ‘It wants to caress, to stroke, and to offer consolation and comfort.’
    • ‘If not, they often fall into depression, and seek consolation in excessive eating, or drug and alcohol abuse.’
    • ‘She found consolation in her faith and hope in its promise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even if mistreated, she could not come back to her parents for consolation or support.’
    • ‘Do you find consolation in prayer and aspiration, and holy self-destruction here, at the twelfth station?’
    • ‘The film breaks down idealized visions of family and religion, for in this house, they offer not consolation but despair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But this was of little consolation or comfort to the latter who for the second year running had lost out at the final hurdle.’
    • ‘Kevin was at a loss over how to offer his son any physical or emotional consolation.’
    • ‘As a result of the tragic event of losing a child, these mothers turn to religion for consolation and comfort.’
    • ‘Scotland could turn away from politics in disgust and seek consolation in cynicism.’
    • ‘We are proud of our record in providing free advice, consolation and moral support in homes and courtrooms from Dublin to Cork.’
    • ‘Some people had scrawled words of consolation and encouragement on the remaining chunks of driftwood.’
    • ‘Mary has been the source of solace and consolation in times of anxiety.’
    comfort, solace
    sympathy, compassion, pity, commiseration, fellow feeling
    relief, help, aid, support, moral support, cheer, encouragement, reassurance, fortification
    soothing, easement, succour, assuagement, alleviation
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A person or thing providing consolation:
      ‘the Church was the main consolation in a short and hard life’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘My only consolation is the pleasure I must have had killing her children in a former life.’
      • ‘The hardest news concerned life's two greatest consolations: dogs and liquor.’
      • ‘One of the consolations I have is that we often see these people again, and other helping agencies provide them with assistance too.’
      • ‘It is no consolation to those affected that this is part of a seemingly unstoppable process of change.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their only consolation is the hope that the authorities would have informed them if there son were no longer alive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He dares not date girls and the only consolation for his anxiety is to indulge in the world of porn.’
      • ‘It has always been one of the greatest pleasures and greatest consolations of humankind, found in all civilisations.’
      • ‘Still, he's got a few consolations, including his diary, the keeping of which began as an order from his father.’
      • ‘He is blind and in constant pain, his family's support his only consolation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The result was great consolation after a disappointing non-finish in the first race earlier in the day.’
      • ‘My only consolation is the hope that those truly evil men will burn for eternity in Hell.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the consolations of getting older is that you become less interested in yourself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This fleshy digit is his security blanket, his best friend and sole consolation in an overly-critical world.’
    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).