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(of a person or their grief) not able to be comforted or alleviated.‘his widow, Jane, was inconsolable’
heartbroken, broken-hearted, unable to be comforted, unable to be consoled, grief-stricken, prostrate with grief, beside oneself with grief, devastated, wretched, sick at heart, desolate, despairing, distraught, comfortlessmiserable, unhappy, sadheartsick, dolorousView synonyms
- ‘They were inconsolable; both died brokenhearted.’
- ‘The brothers comfort Precious when she's inconsolable, and rock her to sleep when she wakes up crying in the middle of the night.’
- ‘Flat out, face down in the dirt, he was inconsolable, not least in the dressing-room afterwards, when few words were exchanged between players.’
- ‘One day when he was particularly inconsolable, I called out to the mother.’
- ‘People back at the apartment had tried to cheer him up, but he was inconsolable.’
- ‘We were wholly inconsolable; it took a good few days for us to calm down.’
- ‘There is resignation for some and inconsolable grief for others, and over all of them hovers the shadow of David.’
- ‘She was inconsolable for a few days, and then she forgave him like she always did.’
- ‘She was inconsolable, hypersensitive to her loss and numb to the world.’
- ‘Her grief-stricken sisters tried to help her but she was inconsolable.’
- ‘She even made notes on my account indicating that she'd tried to placate me, but ultimately I was inconsolable.’
- ‘Good writers seem to know that they are permanently inconsolable.’
- ‘Nine months before, a terrible accident plunged her mother into inconsolable grief.’
- ‘He is now inconsolable and finds deeper meanings in the fact that he has chosen both finance and marketing courses.’
- ‘I always loved to see her, but on that weekend, I was just inconsolable.’
- ‘The injury threw out her preparation, and when she finished last in the semi-final she was inconsolable.’
- ‘When the tooth fairy stopped coming, I was inconsolable and the awful truth about Father Christmas was almost more than I could bear as a teenager.’
- ‘The neighbourhood was chaos, mud and inconsolable grief.’
- ‘In the immediate aftermath of that victory, he was inconsolable.’
- ‘I got to the end of the set and sang ‘Dinner at Eight’ and I was just inconsolable.’
Late 16th century: from French, or from Latin inconsolabilis, from in- not + consolabilis able to be consoled, from the verb consolari (see console).
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