Definition of disconsolate in English:



  • 1Without consolation or comfort; unhappy.

    ‘he'd met the man's disconsolate widow’
    • ‘If you finish fourth and you don't race well, then you can be frustrated and disconsolate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spectators aren't going to go home disconsolate if their team loses, as they do in Australia.’
    • ‘No one, though, seemed too disconsolate at the prospect of a replay.’
    • ‘‘They don't make a living out of getting things wrong,’ one disconsolate MP said last night.’
    • ‘So off I sloped, rather disconsolate, leaving my second attempt at a French loaf to sulk on the counter, all sunken and miserable-looking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘They never turned up’ was one of the most common post-match complaints from disconsolate supporters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The painter creates bleak snowscapes peopled by groups of disconsolate figures, dispersing and recombining.’
    • ‘A disconsolate player admitted: ‘We blew it with those two penalty misses.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I felt a bit too embarrassed for that, said the disconsolate defender.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One skater who helps run one of many clubs for children said hundreds of youngsters would be disconsolate.’
    • ‘I can't say I was too much bothered, though Dolly and Harry were disconsolate.’
    • ‘My horse trudges bored and disconsolate around the whole property, seeking even a single blade of green grass.’
    • ‘I have never seen a more disconsolate and desolate group than the Party after that speech.’
    • ‘He was staring out of the window, disconsolate that he had to urge me to censor my work.’
    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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    1. 1.1 (of a place or thing) causing or showing a complete lack of comfort; cheerless.
      ‘solitary, disconsolate clumps of cattails’
      • ‘This should be disconsolate in nature, and whining in tone.’
      • ‘Yet Birmingham's interiors, like her landscapes, tend more often toward the moody and disconsolate, as if each were telling the story of a broken childhood and a later broken heart.’
      • ‘So this afternoon will see me making another disconsolate tour of the range, in the vain hope of finding a pair of shoes that is both elegant and comfortable.’
      • ‘The entire show lacks the disconsolate desolation of Fitzgerald's own great novels and offers flappers and tap dancing in its place.’
      • ‘It wasn't like people were silent, morosely sipping beer and casting disconsolate glances up to track the progress.’
      • ‘The winner's arms raised in triumph, the loser sprawled in disconsolate resignation.’
      • ‘It is a disconsolate landscape indeed.’
      • ‘Now the international spotlight has left that disconsolate country, it is left with an uncertain and hopelessly complex future.’
      • ‘From disconsolate hair-combing to the silent succumbing to lust it is a memorable performance.’
      • ‘To end on a disconsolate note is not pessimistic, nor is it dark and brooding; it is reality, hitting us in the face, over and over.’
      • ‘And the name seemed poignantly appropriate for the often disconsolate City.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, in this disconsolate landscape there slumbers a desire for solace, intimacy and meaning.’
      • ‘I shall not mention your disconsolate country, for it is of no avail to reopen a wound that still aches.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin disconsolatus, from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin consolatus (past participle of consolari to console).