commiserate

[kuh-miz-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), commiserated, commiserating.
1.
to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
verb (used without object), commiserated, commiserating.
2.
to sympathize (usually followed by with ): They commiserated with him over the loss of his job.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin commiserātus (past participle of commiserārī), equivalent to com- com- + miser pitiable (see misery) + -ātus -ate1

commiserable, adjective
commiseration, noun
commiserative, adjective
commiseratively, adverb
commiserator, noun
noncommiseration, noun
noncommiserative, adjective
noncommiseratively, adverb
uncommiserated, adjective
uncommiserating, adjective
uncommiserative, adjective
uncommiseratively, adverb

commensurate, commiserate.
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commiserate (kəˈmɪzəˌreɪt)
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by with)
to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)
 
[C17: from Latin commiserārī, from com- together + miserārī to bewail, pity, from miser wretched]
 
com'miserable
 
adj
 
commise'ration
 
n
 
com'miserative
 
adj
 
com'miseratively
 
adv
 
com'miserator
 
n

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commiseration
1580s, from L. commiserationem "act or fact of pitying," from commiserari "to pity," from com- intens. prefix + miserari "bewail, lament," from miser "wretched."

commiserate
c.1600, from L. commiseratus, pp. of commiserari (see commiseration). Related: Commiserating (1630s).
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Example sentences
People will pick it up expecting a tasty blend of commiseration and advice.
Apparently she never got the memo that our gatherings were outlets for complaint and commiseration.
Indeed, it's unlikely there is a ski area operator out there who isn't shaking his or her head in commiseration.
It's an olive branch of commiseration about what is not, and a hopeful readiness for what is.
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