What does consolation mean?

Definitions for consolation
ˌkɒn səˈleɪ ʃəncon·so·la·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word consolation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. consolation, solace, solacementnoun

    the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment

    "second place was no consolation to him"

  2. consolation, comfort, solacenoun

    the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction

    "his presence was a consolation to her"


  1. consolationnoun

    The act of consoling.

  2. consolationnoun

    The prize or benefit for the loser.

  3. consolationnoun

    A consolation goal

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Consolationnoun

    Comfort; alleviation of misery; such alleviation as is produced by partial remedies.

    Etymology: consolatio, Latin.

    We that were in the jaws of death, were now brought into a place where we found nothing but consolations. Francis Bacon.

    Against such cruelties,
    With inward consolations recompens’d;
    And oft supported so, as shall amaze
    Their proudest persecutors. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    Let the righteous persevere with patience, supported with this consolation, that their labour shall not be in vain. John Rogers.


  1. Consolation

    Consolation, consolement, and solace are terms referring to psychological comfort given to someone who has suffered severe, upsetting loss, such as the death of a loved one. It is typically provided by expressing shared regret for that loss and highlighting the hope for positive events in the future. Consolation is an important topic arising in history, the arts, philosophy, and psychology.


  1. consolation

    Consolation is the comfort or solace one receives after a loss or disappointment. It's a feeling of relief or encouragement offered to someone going through distress or sadness, often through empathetic words, actions, or gifts, intended to lessen their sorrow or disappointment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consolationnoun

    the act of consoling; the state of being consoled; allevation of misery or distress of mind; refreshment of spirit; comfort; that which consoles or comforts the spirit


  1. Consolation

    Consolation is the name of a former Dutch death metal/grindcore band from the Zaanstreek that formed in 1989. They released three full-length albums through Displeased Records and were called the Dutch "Gods of Grind"; at their peak, in the late 1990s, they were one of the highest rated metal bands in the Netherlands, according to Dutch metal magazine Aardschok. The band split up in 1999. They more or less restarted in 2002 as Cardinal, playing shows as late as 2005. A real comeback under their old name came in late 2008, when they announced reunion shows at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consolation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consolation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of consolation in a Sentence

  1. Eric Ambler:

    For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.

  2. Alexis karpouzos:

    Mountains fall and seas divide and impossible things may seem but where there’s despair there is and faith and where there’s sadness the consolation is near. Every breath is a chance to reborn, but to be reborn you have to die before dying.

  3. Sergei Gorshkov:

    I'm happy to give a new life to the animals since especially now during Covid, people find some consolation in animals and so by treating animals, I treat people.

  4. Michelle Obamas:

    Because whenever we look to President Barack Obamas White House for some leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy, empathy : thats something Ive been thinking a lot about lately. The ability to walk in someone elses shoes ; the recognition that someone elses experience has value, too. Most of us practice this without a second thought. If we see someone suffering or struggling, we dont stand in judgment.

  5. Diego Carlos:

    I kept it these 37 years, always considering it a trophy of war, a sort of consolation for the loss and the pain of so many fallen friends.

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