from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sympathy with a person who has experienced pain, grief, or misfortune: paid a visit of condolence to the grieving family. See Synonyms at pity.
  • n. An expression or declaration of such sympathy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Expression of sympathy with another in sorrow or grief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An expression of sympathy addressed to a person in distress, misfortune, or bereavement.
  • n. Synonyms Sympathy, Commiseration, etc. See pity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an expression of sympathy with another's grief


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From Latin condoleo ("to sympathize"), from Latin con- ("together, with") + doleo ("hurt, suffer, have pain").



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