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commiserate

[kuh-miz-uh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing.
  1. to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
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verb (used without object), com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing.
  1. to sympathize (usually followed by with): They commiserated with him over the loss of his job.
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Origin of commiserate

1585–95; < Latin commiserātus (past participle of commiserārī), equivalent to com- com- + miser pitiable (see misery) + -ātus -ate1
Related formscom·mis·er·a·ble, adjectivecom·mis·er·a·tion, nouncom·mis·er·a·tive, adjectivecom·mis·er·a·tive·ly, adverbcom·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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Examples from the Web for commiserating

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  • Commiserating their condition, he gave them one of their black companions.

  • The poor had a commiserating friend in her and the sick a tender nurse.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • "I hope you are not sick, Washburn," I said, in commiserating tones.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • She did, however, wake up to the fact that Coombe and Maiden were commiserating her.

    A Likely Story

    William De Morgan

  • Andrei Petrovitch talked to me in a sort of commiserating way.

    On the Eve

    Ivan Turgenev


British Dictionary definitions for commiserating

commiserate

verb
  1. (when intr, usually foll by with) to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)
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Derived Formscommiserable, adjectivecommiseration, nouncommiserative, adjectivecommiseratively, adverbcommiserator, 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 commiserating

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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