V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: someone or something that provides comfort in a time of distress or disappointment

Synonyms: alleviation, comfort, solace, relief, sympathy, condolence

Antonyms: discouragement, grief, sorrow

Tips: The somewhat similar word condolence denotes a message offered in a more serious situation. Consolation can be offered, but it is not just a message, but something more tangible. To console someone is to provide consolation or comfort. Game shows often offer a consolation prize to the contestants who do not win, as a way of mollifying their loss.

Usage Examples:

The powerful tennis player could find no consolation when she lost to a girl half her age. (comfort, solace)

The consolation prize he received upon leaving the game show was enough to make him happy. (sympathy, condolence)

My mother consoled me with milk and cookies whenever I hurt myself as a child. (comforted, soothed) verb

Her only consolation for not being hired for her dream job was that her primary competition didn't get the job either. (solace, comfort)

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