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 commiserative
Historical Examples of commiserative
The clearest listener he could find, and the least commiserative, happily.
Mr. Henry Slater received Cordelia with a smile that was both conciliating and commiserative.
Eugene Bantry, flying expertly by with Mamie, was bestowing upon Mr. Flitcroft a commiserative wink.
That was why I murmured in a commiserative tone, "Luther's niece—poor girl!"
British Dictionary definitions for commiserative
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 commiserative
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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