- to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
- to sympathize (usually followed by with): They commiserated with him over the loss of his job.
Origin of commiserate
Examples from the Web for commiserating
In recent days, Shuler has been commiserating with defeated moderates who have applauded his race.The Rebel Democrat Gunning for Pelosi
November 16, 2010
Commiserating their condition, he gave them one of their black companions.The Industries of Animals
The poor had a commiserating friend in her and the sick a tender nurse.Rabbi and Priest
"I hope you are not sick, Washburn," I said, in commiserating tones.Down South
She did, however, wake up to the fact that Coombe and Maiden were commiserating her.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
Andrei Petrovitch talked to me in a sort of commiserating way.On the Eve
- (when intr, usually foll by with) to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)
Word Origin and History for commiserating
c.1600, from Latin commiseratus, past participle of commiserari "to pity, bewail" (see commiseration). Related: Commiserated; commiserating. An Old English loan-translation of commiserate was efensargian.