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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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Related Words

pitysympathycondolencecompassion

Examples from the Web for commiseration

Historical Examples

  • His eyes were filled with commiseration for the poor animal.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930

    Various

  • People expressed their commiseration for a woman married to that Jack-in-the-box.

    Amy Foster

    Joseph Conrad

  • He shrank from every excessive sentiment, and my commiseration was practically unbounded.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • They looked at us with commiseration; one of them sweetly, the other with his owlish fixity.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The cook eyed the captive with curiosity not unmixed with commiseration.


British Dictionary definitions for commiseration

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 commiseration

n.

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).

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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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