Eugene Bantry, flying expertly by with Mamie, was bestowing upon Mr. Flitcroft a commiserative wink.
The clearest listener he could find, and the least commiserative, happily.
Mr. Henry Slater received Cordelia with a smile that was both conciliating and commiserative.
That was why I murmured in a commiserative tone, "Luther's niece—poor girl!"
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.