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1. Seeming beyond consolation; extremely dejected: disconsolate at the loss of the dog. See Synonyms at depressed.
2. Cheerless; gloomy: a disconsolate winter landscape.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin discōnsōlātus : Latin dis-, dis- + cōnsōlātus, past participle of cōnsōlārī, to console; see console1.]

dis·con′so·late·ly adv.
dis·con′so·la′tion (-kŏn′sə-lā′shən) n.
References in classic literature ?
Therefore when they dewelope an intention of parting company from us, I shall take measures for detaining of 'em, and restoring 'em to their friends, who I dare say have had their disconsolation pasted up on every wall in London by this time.'
Constant comparisons to others, unrelenting self-criticism, and excessive focus on weaknesses or failings are a recipe for permanent disconsolation. A professional therapist can often help one deal with these habitual thoughts and feelings, which may seem to take on a life of their own.
This disconsolation encourages us to entertain a variety of inutile thoughts such as the possibility of abandoning our pensions and work, and seeking relief in our own lands and among our own nations.
De Chirico's intention to symbolize the modern condition or crisis is plainer than Lin's because his paintings are strewn with puzzle-pieces of twentieth-century detritus, but Lin's paintings are deeper and more beautiful: they visit the disarrangement of things on nature itself, envision a disconsolation expressible only in terms that have themselves been lost or compromised.
To see Henry James write of his own disconsolation and fascination in Venice in Portrait's preface; to examine Isabel's feeling of liberty and danger on London's streets, her attempt at flanerie and her gendered exclusion from it; and then to see Isabel's immense consolation, in her grief, amid the ruins of Rome--all of these moments, taken together, show us Henry James creating a 'poetics' of metropolitan space.
The listeners were briefed that each of the three emotions listed (joy, anger, sadness) also comprised several other closely related emotions: joy included gratitude, happiness, pleasure and exhilaration; anger included resentment, irony, reluctance, contempt, malice and rage; sadness covered loneliness, disconsolation, concern and hopelessness; while, neutral speech was to be understood as normal speech, without special emotions.