• WordNet 3.6
    • n consolation the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction "his presence was a consolation to her"
    • n consolation the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment "second place was no consolation to him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Consolation 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."
      "Are the consolations of God small with thee?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n consolation Alleviation of misery or distress of mind; mitigation of grief or anxiety; an imparting or receiving of mental relief or comfort; solace: as, to administer consolation to the afflicted; to find consolation in religion or philosophy, or in selfish indulgence.
    • n consolation That which consoles, comforts, or cheers the mind; the cause of being consoled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Consolation solace: alleviation of misery: a comforting circumstance
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  • Johnson
    “If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.”
  • Lord Byron
    “I shall soon be six-and-twenty. Is there anything in the future that can possibly console us for not being always twenty-five?”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
    “That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.”
  • Agnes Repplier
    “The clear-sighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it.”
  • Josh Billings
    “I am a poor man, but I have this consolation: I am poor by accident, not by design.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consolatio,: cf. F. consolation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, inten., and solāri, to comfort.


In literature:

He whose heart hath been unstrung by sorrow should be consoled with hopes of future prosperity.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And Bhima, embracing her, consoled her to the best of his power.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
I broke from Dorothy's arms, after vainly attempting to console her.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
To be the chief consoler in such a calamity was something for which I felt completely incompetent.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
She had one great hope and consolation to support her.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
How often had she heard that books afforded the surest consolation to the desolate.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
But when that woman's consolation failed she broke down and complained bitterly.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
But you have one consolation, Reilly; your money and papers are safe.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Death now is our only consolation.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The hope of this, papa, is my consolation.
"Jane Sinclair; Or, The Fawn Of Springvale The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton

In poetry:

Ah, the dear old place--ah, the dear old place * * *
May its sweet consoling gleam
Shine upon my face, shine upon my face,
Once in a dream!
"From My Childhood Days" by Friedrich Ruckert
Oh, song worthy of noble grief...
Never rest! But with your twin,
Lamentation, sing out your suffering,
For time will be your consolation.
"Song Of Nobel Grief" by Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
There's consolation in the thought,
Tho' o'er and o'er most dearly bought,
That those poor lambs who fled away
Are happy now in endless day.
"The Wreck of the S. S. Penguin" by Angus Cameron Robertson
"My boy," he said, in tone consoling,
"Give up this idle fancy - do -
The song you heard my daughter trolling
Did not, indeed, refer to you.
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Too trustful love, by lust betrayed,
And by cold worldlings unforgiven,
Unto Her having wept and prayed,
Faces its fate, consoled and shriven.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
That steadfast, mournful strain, consoled
By spirits gloriously gay,
And temper of heroic mould--
What, was four years their whole short day?
"Geist's Grave" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

CONSOL Energy has decided to temporarily idle two coal mines, the Buchanan Mine in southwest Virginia and the Amonate Mining Complex in southern West Virginia.
Consol Energy Inc announced plans Tuesday to idle one mine in Virginia and at least part of a mine in West Virginia, but spokeswoman Lynn Seay said the company's Northern Panhandle operations would not be affected.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma greets fans outside the Consol Energy Center Thursday night.
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux pours melted ice from the Igloo on the surface of the Consol Energy Center rink.
The Xbox 720, or whatever the next Xbox console will be called, has been name-dropped for the first time by Microsoft.
Is a new Xbox console on the way.
Word of a new Xbox console have been flying around the Web for years.
Why console gaming is dying.
Nintendo's Wii U: The console's first must-have games.
Snooki consoles JWoww after an argument with Roger, then starts her own fight with Jionni.
Peter Clark of Shark River Hills invited me to join him this morning for a striped bass jigging trip on his center console, Magic Jack, out of Belmar.
2005 Chevy Silverado Custom Center Console.
You're probably familiar with Windows PowerShell as a console-based management tool.
The birthers lost a big one this week, but maybe this is a consolation prize: undocumented illegal alien Superman is renouncing his US citizenship.
High End Systems Studio Spots® and two Wholehog® 3 consoles were used for the filming of Poseidon, the remake of the 1972 blockbuster, which opens in theatres May 12.

In science:

The linac control is different from the ring. It uses PC with remote I/O via RS422 to control the devices. The console in the ring only can access some dada such as the Phase in the linac via the network.
A Prototype of Upgrading Bepc Control System
As a consolation to the reader, though, we mention two other families of juggling models which, although perhaps less physically realistic than the ones we have described, do lead to interesting answers to our Random Question. 1.
Juggling probabilities
Direct communication with the system is provided by a console module ”pishell” which can run at any place and interact with the system exchanging short COBRA packets.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
This information can be also obtained by running Prawn in console mode, e.g., for debugging purposes.
Rapid Prototyping over IEEE 802.11
Figure 5 shows a snapshot of the information returned by the Prawn Engine running in console mode on a node named “ Bob”.
Rapid Prototyping over IEEE 802.11