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;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
< Latin commiserātus
(past participle of commiserārī
), equivalent to com- com-
pitiable (see misery
) + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for commiseration
Historical Examples of commiseration
His eyes were filled with commiseration for the poor animal.
People expressed their commiseration for a woman married to that Jack-in-the-box.
He shrank from every excessive sentiment, and my commiseration was practically unbounded.
They looked at us with commiseration; one of them sweetly, the other with his owlish fixity.
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The cook eyed the captive with curiosity not unmixed with commiseration.
British Dictionary definitions for commiseration
Derived Formscommiserable, adjectivecommiseration, nouncommiserative, adjectivecommiseratively, adverbcommiserator, noun
(when intr, usually foll by with) to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)
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 commiseration
1580s, from Middle French commisération, from Latin commiserationem (nominative commiseratio) "act or fact of pitying," noun of action from past participle stem of commiserari "to pity," from com- intensive prefix (see com-) + miserari "bewail, lament," from miser "wretched" (see miser).
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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