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as in:  to console

She consoled him after his mother died.
  to comfort (emotionally)
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consoling consoles consoled consolatory consoler inconsolable console
Strongly Associated with:   disconsolate
Standard prefix:  "in" at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in "impossible" or "insufficient" or "inconsolable".
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  • She consoled him after his mother died.
  • "You’ll be alright," she said in a consoling voice.
  • The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
    Horace Walpole

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  • Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console
    (author unknown)  --  from The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Her tears fell abundantly ... and she listened to her and tried to console her with all her heart and understanding...
    Jane Austen  --  Emma  -- 03/29/08)
  • "Tommy," Newt said in a consoling voice.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • She consoled him.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • "There, there," C.C. consoled.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • We just ended up consoling each other.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John

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  • It was good listening to the beetle hum, the sleepy mosquito buzz and delicate filigree murmur of the old man’s voice at first scolding him and then consoling him in the late hour of night as he emerged from the steaming subway toward the firehouse world.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • My parents, up front, both stared straight ahead, and occasionally I’d see my father’s shoulder move, and I knew he was patting my mom’s hand, consoling her.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent—and often even vocal—sanction of things as they are.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • ...the feeling that all this was a nightmare, the faint consoling hope that I might wake up.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • When some of the white passengers went into the baggage-car to console Mr. Douglass, and one of them said to him: "I am sorry, Mr. Douglass, that you have been degraded in this manner," Mr. Douglass straightened himself up on the box upon which he was sitting, and replied: "They cannot degrade Frederick Douglass.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Eve consoled herself,
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Spinning a decent slant on the fact that you’re here instead of on the East Coast preparing for Harvard was difficult enough, but we consoled ourselves with the fact that vampyres can attain money and power and success, and we expected you to excel in this...
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Gracie reached over and pushed the button on my console to make it harder for me to pedal.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • The physical grip he has on me seems less like a consoling hug and more like a goodbye.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The baby is inconsolable, and Connor wants to complain to Risa about it, but knows that he can’t.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • One of the girls of Group B had red, puffy eyes—a couple of her friends were huddled around her, trying to console her.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • I don’t know what my reaction is supposed to be: shocked, consoling, disappointed?
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I looked at Kriss and was at least consoled by the fact that there was no triumph in her eyes.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • He gave me a consoling hug.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • My father consoled me by telling me about the mistakes great heroes made when they were children.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The feast was somewhat marred when the quiet Spanish mami sitting next to me burst into tears in the middle of dinner and proved inconsolable.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • She thanked me for trying to console her mother.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • She leaned forward to touch my hand in a consoling way.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She was inconsolable.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • While he crawled around on his hands and knees, H——consoled Francis’ wife as well as he could "and took as much as he could get."
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I suppose she was trying to cheer me up, but I was not consoled.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • As the girl’s friends tried to console her, Reynie and Sticky’s thick-headed neighbors were still staring at the exit through which Jackson had led Corliss as if to his doom.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "And you never could have gotten one of those for sixty-five," Valerie added, consolingly.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • "I’m terribly sorry," said Milo sympathetically as the three of them went to console her.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Mr. Robineau flipped the master toggle on the console.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Whenever anyone tried to console me about my mother, I had nearly chomped their heads off.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • I am sorry to dismay you, but I hope you will be consoled by the fond wishes of this admirer.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Each night I fell asleep with the hope that the morning would bring Papa, and each morning when he wasn’t there I trudged to school consoling myself that he would be home when I returned.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Maybe his anger and sadness were so great that he feared breaking down if he tried to console me.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • As the raindrops patted against the windshield, I opened the console, took out a bottle of mouthwash, and gargled.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Amy’s father, a small man in a powder-blue jogging suit, spoke to him familiarly and even kindly, and her mother patted Denny’s hand in a consoling way after he finally allowed that an abortion might be wiser.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The bitterness and alcohol and depression are stripped away from these phantom incarnations, and they console and protect me in death as they never did in life.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • As much as I love her, I just can’t console her.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • It’s a mid-eighteenth-century George the Second—style marble-topped console table.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The immediate family was fed and consoled.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The younger brother consoled their mother that "he is laid a sacrifice on the altar of Liberty . with his face toward the enemies of freedom."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Traders on the coast (including my own father) used to say—especially when they were consoling themselves for some bad purchase—that everything eventually had its buyer.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • And when each of the scratchy shellac records reached its end, allowing me in the interval before the next to hear Sophie’s inconsolable weeping, I tossed and turned and wondered again how one mortal human being could be the vessel to contain such grief.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I am soothed and consoled, patted, cherished as if in shock.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Leo had lashed himself to the console with a bungee cord harness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
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