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  • adj. Not consoling.


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un- +‎ consoling


  • The real "transcendence", then, is the one that allows us to shake off the notion of a never-dying tyrannical father-figure, with its unconsoling illusion of redemption by human sacrifice, and assume our proper proportion as people condemned to be free, and able to outgrow the fearful tutelage of a supreme supervisor who does not forgive us the errors he has programmed us to make.

    Christopher Hitchens: Collision: Is Religion Absurd or Good for the World?

  • The writing is sober, melancholy (the covers are monochrome, hurrah) unconsoling, restrained, meditative, name that word and it applies and Sebald uses countless devices to assist in the telling of his stories.

    44 entries from December 2007

  • The reader must picture for himself, if he can, how things went in the brain of some youngster growing to manhood in one of these hate regions, the constant irritation of restrictions, the constant urge to do some vivid expressive thing, the bitter, unconsoling mockery against the oppressor, and at last the pitiful conspiracy, the still more pitiful insult.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • That this helps to foster art which is intensely serious, unconsoling, and unafraid of the complexity of a world that the secularist too can recognise might persuade us to give a little more intellectual house-room to the underlying theology than we might at first be inclined to offer.

    Clark Lectures, Trinity College, Cambridge Grace, Necessity and Imagination: Catholic Philosophy and the Twentieth Century Artist Lecture 4: God and the Artist

  •  The mountains, nearer now, loomed as a kind of oppressive company, their aroma of granite and balsam unmistakable, unlike anything else, and as unconsoling as anything else.

    Son of a Witch

  • As a child (bound for camp or to Portland to visit my grandparents) I found this habit of hers unconsoling, but I gave up trying to change it.


  • Last of all comes before it the immensity of God, to it so unconsoling and so unprofitable; it is not a picture, it is only a formless shadow, yet it knows instinctively that it is God.

    The Education of Catholic Girls

  • No more! — but the opened packet under the lamp brought back the sounds, the visions, the very savour of the past — a multitude of fading faces, a tumult of low voices, dying away upon the shores of distant seas under a passionate and unconsoling sunshine.

    Lord Jim

  • XVI chair, rested his elbows on its unconsoling arms and hid his face in his hands.

    The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol

  • 'Home with you! and eat your apple as you go,' was his unconsoling response.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede


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