commiseration

[ kuh-miz-uh-rey-shuhn ]
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noun
  1. the act of empathizing, or expressing sympathy or sorrow for someone about something: Taking the seat next to him, she put her arm around his shoulders in silent commiseration.

  2. commiserations, an expression of sympathy or sorrow for someone: All my thanks and commiserations to the dedicated staff, many of whom I expect will lose their jobs in the cutbacks.

Origin of commiseration

1
First recorded in 1570–80; commiserat(e) + -ion

Other words from commiseration

  • non·com·mis·er·a·tion , noun

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