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Princeton's WordNet

  1. condolence, commiserationnoun

    an expression of sympathy with another's grief

    "they sent their condolences"


  1. condolencenoun

    comfort, support or sympathy

    There was not much to do after the accident but offer what condolence I could.

  2. condolencenoun

    An expression of comfort, support, or sympathy offered to the family and friends of somebody who has died

    I sent her a card expressing my condolences after her mother passed away.

  3. Etymology: From condoleo, from con- + doleo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Condolencenoun

    The expression of grief for the sorrows of another; the civilities and messages of friends upon any loss or misfortune.

    Etymology: condolance, French.

    The reader will excuse this digression, due by way of condolence to my worthy brethren. John Arbuthnot, J. Bull. Preface to.


  1. condolence

    Condolences (from Latin con (with) + dolore (sorrow)) are an expression of sympathy to someone who is experiencing pain arising from death, deep mental anguish, or misfortune.When individuals condole, or offer their condolences to a particular situation or person, they are offering active conscious support of that person or activity. This is often expressed by saying, "Sorry". Often, the English language expression "My condolences" will be in a context, such as death of a friend's loved one, in which the one offering of condolences is communicating feelings of sympathy or empathy to that friend. Condolence is not always expressed in sorrow or grievance, as it can also be used to acknowledge a fellow feeling or even a common opinion. There are various ways of expressing condolences to the victims. Examples include donating money to the charity nominated by the person who has just died, writing in a condolences book or supporting the friends and family of the loved one by making meals and looking after them in various ways in times of need.A study from 2020 found that the specific words of condolence offered by doctors to grieving survivors can play a role in how those survivors fare in terms of subsequent mental health outcomes.


  1. condolence

    Condolence is an expression of sympathy or sorrow towards someone who is experiencing grief, pain, or misfortune, particularly when they have suffered a loss of a loved one. It is a way of showing comfort and support to the person affected.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Condolencenoun

    expression of sympathy with another in sorrow or grief

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. condolance.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of condolence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of condolence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of condolence in a Sentence

  1. Kekoa Kaluhiwa:

    Our condolence goes out to the family of the victim.

  2. Simon Martin:

    [ It ] has a book of condolence which has to be changed on a regular basis because it fills up.

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