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consolation (n.)

late 14c., "that which consoles;" c. 1400, "act of consoling, alleviation of misery or distress of mind, mitigation of grief or anxiety," from Old French consolacion "solace, comfort; delight, pleasure" (11c., Modern French consolation), from Latin consolationem (nominative consolatio) "a consoling, comfort," noun of action from past-participle stem of consolari "offer solace, encourage, comfort, cheer," from assimilated form of com-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see com-), + solari "to comfort" (see solace (n.)). The non-champion's consolation prize is recorded by 1853.

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Definitions of consolation

consolation (n.)
the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment;
second place was no consolation to him
Synonyms: solace / solacement
consolation (n.)
the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction;
his presence was a consolation to her
Synonyms: comfort / solace
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