- 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
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Examples from the Web for commiserative
The clearest listener he could find, and the least commiserative, happily.Adventures in the Arts
Mr. Henry Slater received Cordelia with a smile that was both conciliating and commiserative.The Silver Poppy
Eugene Bantry, flying expertly by with Mamie, was bestowing upon Mr. Flitcroft a commiserative wink.
That was why I murmured in a commiserative tone, "Luther's niece—poor girl!"The Soldier of the Valley
- (when intr, usually foll by with) to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)
C17: from Latin commiserārī, from com- together + miserārī to bewail, pity, from miser wretched
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Word Origin and History for commiserative
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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