- The definition of condolence is sympathy for someone who is grieving.
An example of a condolence is a card you send when a friend’s mother dies.
Origin: ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin condolens: see condole
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- Sympathy with a person who has experienced pain, grief, or misfortune: paid a visit of condolence to the grieving family. See Synonyms at pity.
- An expression or declaration of such sympathy.
- con·doˈlent adjective