[ kuh-miz-uh-reyt ]
/ kəˈmɪz əˌreɪt /
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
com·mis·er·a·ble, adjectivecom·mis·er·a·tion, nouncom·mis·er·a·tive, adjectivecom·mis·er·a·tive·ly, adverb
com·mis·er·a·tor, nounnon·com·mis·er·a·tion, nounnon·com·mis·er·a·tive, adjectivenon·com·mis·er·a·tive·ly, adverbun·com·mis·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·com·mis·er·at·ing, adjectiveun·com·mis·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·com·mis·er·a·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcommensurate commiserate
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British Dictionary definitions for commiserable
/ (kəˈmɪzəˌreɪt) /
(when intr, usually foll by with) to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)
commiserable, adjectivecommiseration, nouncommiserative, adjectivecommiseratively, adverb
Word Origin for commiserate
C17: from Latin commiserārī, from com- together + miserārī to bewail, pity, from miser wretched
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Word Origin and History for commiserable
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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