[syn: consolation, comfort, solace]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consolation \Con`so*la"tion\, n. [L. consolatio: cf. F.
The act of consoling; the state of being consoled; allevation
of misery or distress of mind; refreshment of spirit;
comfort; that which consoles or comforts the spirit.
Against such cruelties
With inward consolations recompensed. --Milton.
Are the consolations of God small with thee? --Job xv.
Syn: Comfort; solace; allevation. See Comfort.
[1913 Webster] pot
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the comfort you feel when consoled in times of
disappointment; "second place was no consolation to him"
[syn: consolation, solace, solacement]
2: the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his
presence was a consolation to her" [syn: consolation,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
18 Moby Thesaurus words for "consolation":
aid and comfort, assurance, balm, comfort, commiseration,
condolement, condolence, easement, encouragement, reassurance,
relief, sharing of grief, shred of comfort, solace, solacement,
soothing words, support, sympathy
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
CONSOLATION, n. The knowledge that a better man is more unfortunate