If you are sad and can’t be cheered up, you’re disconsolate. Why were you disconsolate after scoring a touchdown? Oh…it was for the other team.

In addition to meaning “inconsolable,” the adjective disconsolate can also mean “dejected.” Most people would be disconsolate after being laid off from a job, losing a beloved pet, or missing out on tickets to see a favorite band play live. This word ultimately derives from the Latin verb consolari, meaning “to cheer (someone) up or offer comfort to.”

Definitions of disconsolate
  1. adjective

    sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled

    inconsolable, unconsolable


    crushed by grief
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    able to be consoled

  2. adjective

    causing dejection

    disconsolate winter landscape”
    blue, dark, dingy, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry

    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful

    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

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