Consolation is something that makes someone feel better after they're disappointed or sad.

This is a word for things that try to console someone. A consolation prize isn't as good as first prize, but it's better than nothing. A hug is little consolation when you've had your heart broken. You give someone consolation when try to cheer them up. Consolation can be the act of making someone feel better, like trying to make them laugh, but it can also be something that makes someone happy, like a plate of warm cookies.

Definitions of consolation

n the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction

“his presence was a consolation to her”
comfort, solace
Type of:
ministration, relief, succor, succour
assistance in time of difficulty

n the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment

“second place was no consolation to him”
solace, solacement
cold comfort
very limited consolation or empathy
bright side, silver lining
a consoling aspect of a difficult situation
Type of:
a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment

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