commiserate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v commiserate to feel or express sympathy or compassion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Commiserate To feel sorrow, pain, or regret for; to pity. "Then must we those, who groan, beneath the weight
      Of age, disease, or want, commiserate ."
      "We should commiserate our mutual ignorance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • commiserate To feel sorrow, regret, or compassion for, through sympathy; compassionate; pity: applied to persons or things: as, to commiserate a person or his condition.
    • commiserate To regret; lament; deplore; be sorry for.
    • commiserate To express pity for; condole with: as, he commiserated him on his misfortune.
    • commiserate Synonyms To sympathize with, feel for, condole with.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Commiserate kom-iz′ėr-āt to feel for the miseries of another: to pity: to condole with
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. commiseratus, p. p. of commiserari, to commiserate; com-, + miserari, to pity. See Miserable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. com, with, miserāri, to deplore—miser, wretched.

Usage

In literature:

That would get you no end of commiseration and pity.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
The skipper's daughter was standing beside him, looking down commiseratingly.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
The poor had a commiserating friend in her and the sick a tender nurse.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
He forgot all about the crime in commiseration of the wretchedness of the criminal.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
Sir Digby, indeed, deserved some little commiseration.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
The pity, the commiseration of their expressions was touching to behold.
"Pixie O'Shaughnessy" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She was filled with commiseration for her own hard plight... Father's letters were bracing.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I neither ask nor desire their commiseration.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It is one of those events that excites sympathy in the hardest, and commiseration in the coldest.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
I scarcely knew whether to envy or commiserate their apathy.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

While I prove that war is war,
Saints shall mourn and angels weep,
Star commiserate with star,
Deep cry out to shuddering deep;
"The Rhyme Of The Beast" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

Chinese filmmakers commiserate at Shanghai film festival.
Best Place To Commiserate With Your Friends Over a Breakup - 2002.
Sox lefty Andrew has found success but can commiserate with struggling Daniel.
State Fair Participants will Surely Commiserate about the Weather.
MTV Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, right, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, left, and Jenni "JWoww" Farley's boobs, center, commiserate about lousy men in the confessional on MTV's "Jersey Shore".
Commiserating with the monied masses.
After a couple of years in which the prevailing vibe at the business aviation community's annual gathering in Europe has been one of mutual commiseration, EBACE 2011 has shown tangible evidence of recovery in the industry.
Naked, Frigid Biologist Commiserates With Chickadees.
The deli is where we eat, meet, laugh, commiserate, celebrate, feast, deal, cry.
Commiserating with the monied masses .
On a rainy January morning in downtown Honolulu, a small group of dejected homeowners met in a coffeehouse to commiserate with each other about the impending foreclosures on their family homes.
At Monday's state Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials meeting in Albany, politicians lined up to commiserate and promise aid to localities.
Visitors from the darker precincts of Manhattan charged phones and commiserated in a Chase bank on East 41st Street on Wednesday night.
Rubio commiserates with Rose.
The Chargers might be on a losing streak, but at least fans can commiserate in style.
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