commiserate [k uh- miz- uh-reyt] Word Origin See more synonyms for commiserate 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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British Dictionary definitions for commiserable (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 commiserable 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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