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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: condolere 'to express sympathy', from Latin com- ( COM-) + dolere 'to feel pain'

condolence

noun
     
con‧do‧lence [countable usually plural, uncountable]
MX sympathy for someone who has had something bad happen to them, especially when someone has died:
send/offer your condolences (=formally express your sympathy when someone has died)
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