commiserate [k uh- miz- uh-reyt] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing. to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity. verb (used without object), com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing. to sympathize (usually followed by with): They commiserated with him over the loss of his job. Origin of commiserate 1585–95;
(past participle of
), equivalent to
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms com·mis·er·a·ble, adjective com·mis·er·a·tion, noun com·mis·er·a·tive, adjective com·mis·er·a·tive·ly, adverb com·mis·er·a·tor, noun non·com·mis·er·a·tion, noun non·com·mis·er·a·tive, adjective non·com·mis·er·a·tive·ly, adverb un·com·mis·er·at·ed, adjective un·com·mis·er·at·ing, adjective un·com·mis·er·a·tive, adjective un·com·mis·er·a·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for commiseration Historical Examples His eyes were filled with commiseration for the poor animal. People expressed their commiseration for a woman married to that Jack-in-the-box. He shrank from every excessive sentiment, and my commiseration was practically unbounded. They looked at us with commiseration; one of them sweetly, the other with his owlish fixity. Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The cook eyed the captive with curiosity not unmixed with commiseration. British Dictionary definitions for commiseration (when intr, ) usually foll by with to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for) Derived Forms commiserable, adjective commiseration, noun commiserative, adjective commiseratively, adverb commiserator, noun Word Origin
C17: from Latin
commiserārī, from com- together + miserārī to bewail, pity, from miser wretched
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Word Origin and History for commiseration n.
1580s, from Middle French
commisération, from Latin commiserationem (nominative commiseratio) "act or fact of pitying," noun of action from past participle stem of commiserari "to pity," from com- intensive prefix (see com-) + miserari "bewail, lament," from miser "wretched" (see miser). commiserate v.
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.
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