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condolence

noun

Definition: expression of sympathy for a person who is experiencing pain, grief, or bad times, usually toward a person grieving over a death

Synonyms: sympathy, comfort, commiseration, consolation, solace

Antonyms: disregard, unconcern

Tips: People often use the statement, "Please offer the family my condolences," with regard to a death or misfortune. It is intended as an expression of kindness and sympathy.

Usage Examples:

Friends sent flowers and cards of condolence in response to her father's death. (sympathy, solace)

Letters of condolence need not be in a particular format, as long as they are from the heart. (commiseration, consolation)

Please offer her my deepest condolences for the death of her husband. (comforts, sympathies)

The condolences he received after his mother's death did little to assuage his pain. (sympathies, consolations)


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