This phrase may be literally translated as "An evil for many is a consolation for dumb people" and may also be written "Mal de muchos, consuelo de pocos."
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Mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (proverb) (used to emphasize how small consolation it is to think you're not the only one in a bad situation)
a. That's no consolation.
No eres la única que reprobaste; otras alumnas también. - Mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos.You're not the only one who failed; other students did too. - That's no consolation.
b. That doesn't make things any better.
No es culpa mía no conseguir trabajo. Somos más de dos millones de desempleados. - Ya, pero mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos, ¿no?It's not my fault if I can't get a job. We're more than two million people unemployed. - I know. But that doesn't make things any better, does it?
c. That doesn't make ... feel any better.
No te enojes. Todos los políticos son objeto de burla en los programas de humor. - Mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos.Don't be angry. All politicians are an object of ridicule in comedy shows. - That doesn't make me feel any better.
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