Definition of disconsolate in English:



  • Very unhappy and unable to be comforted.

    ‘she left Fritz looking disconsolate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A disconsolate player admitted: ‘We blew it with those two penalty misses.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘They don't make a living out of getting things wrong,’ one disconsolate MP said last night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't say I was too much bothered, though Dolly and Harry were disconsolate.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘If you finish fourth and you don't race well, then you can be frustrated and disconsolate.’
    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
    blue, choked, down, down in the mouth, down in the dumps
    brassed off, cheesed off, as sick as a parrot, looking as if one had lost a pound and found a penny
    chap-fallen, heartsick, heartsore
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin disconsolatus, from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin consolatus (past participle of consolari to console).