A woman offering her condolences.
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.
[often pl.] expression of sympathy with another in grief
Origin of condolencefrom Ecclesiastical Late Latin condolens: see condole
- Sympathy with a person who has experienced pain, grief, or misfortune: paid a visit of condolence to the grieving family. See Synonyms at pity.
- often condolences An expression or declaration of such sympathy.
(countable and uncountable, plural condolences)
- (uncountable) comfort, support or sympathy
- There was not much to do after the accident but offer what condolence I could.
- (countable, usually plural) An expression of comfort, support, or sympathy offered to the family and friends of somebody who has died
- I sent her a card expressing my condolences after her mother passed away.