A condolence is an expression of sympathy and sorrow to someone who has suffered a loss, like the letter of condolence you send to a faraway friend who has lost a loved one.

The noun condolence comes from the Late Latin word condole, meaning “to suffer together.” When you offer your condolences to someone who has suffered a loss, you are saying that you share their sadness, that you are there to support and help them. Don't confuse condolence with consolation, which is an attempt to make the person feel better.

Definitions of condolence
  1. noun
    an expression of sympathy with another's grief
    “they sent their condolences
    synonyms: commiseration
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    type of:
    acknowledgement, acknowledgment
    a statement acknowledging something or someone
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