Origin of condolencefrom Ecclesiastical Late Latin condolens: see condole
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.
- 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.
- Thank you for sending the condolence card.
- She sent a condolence message with the flowers.
- My condolence is with the family who just lost a child.
- Cobden spoke some words of condolence, but after a time he looked up and said, "There are thousands of homes in England at this moment where wives, mothers and children are dying of hunger."
- People in the medical field are very skilled in acts of condolence.