Definition of disconsolate in US English:



  • 1Without consolation or comfort; unhappy.

    ‘he'd met the man's disconsolate widow’
    • ‘I can't say I was too much bothered, though Dolly and Harry were disconsolate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The painter creates bleak snowscapes peopled by groups of disconsolate figures, dispersing and recombining.’
    • ‘My horse trudges bored and disconsolate around the whole property, seeking even a single blade of green grass.’
    • ‘Spectators aren't going to go home disconsolate if their team loses, as they do in Australia.’
    • ‘‘They never turned up’ was one of the most common post-match complaints from disconsolate supporters.’
    • ‘If you finish fourth and you don't race well, then you can be frustrated and disconsolate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have never seen a more disconsolate and desolate group than the Party after that speech.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was staring out of the window, disconsolate that he had to urge me to censor my work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Daniel is red-eyed from weeping, while John stares unseeingly out of a hotel window, disconsolate.’
    • ‘One skater who helps run one of many clubs for children said hundreds of youngsters would be disconsolate.’
    • ‘No one, though, seemed too disconsolate at the prospect of a replay.’
    • ‘A disconsolate player admitted: ‘We blew it with those two penalty misses.’’
    • ‘‘They don't make a living out of getting things wrong,’ one disconsolate MP said last night.’
    • ‘I felt a bit too embarrassed for that, said the disconsolate defender.’
    • ‘So off I sloped, rather disconsolate, leaving my second attempt at a French loaf to sulk on the counter, all sunken and miserable-looking.’
    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
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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’
      • ‘Now the international spotlight has left that disconsolate country, it is left with an uncertain and hopelessly complex future.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It wasn't like people were silent, morosely sipping beer and casting disconsolate glances up to track the progress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I shall not mention your disconsolate country, for it is of no avail to reopen a wound that still aches.’
      • ‘The entire show lacks the disconsolate desolation of Fitzgerald's own great novels and offers flappers and tap dancing in its place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The winner's arms raised in triumph, the loser sprawled in disconsolate resignation.’
      • ‘It is a disconsolate landscape indeed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From disconsolate hair-combing to the silent succumbing to lust it is a memorable performance.’
      • ‘This should be disconsolate in nature, and whining in tone.’


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