- 1Express or feel sympathy or pity; sympathize: she went over to commiserate with Rose on her unfortunate circumstancesMore example sentences
- They congratulate you on the streets after a victory and commiserate with you, or ask you what happened when you lose.
- She was to go up to the house when she came home to commiserate with them.
- He was the ‘unhappiest man in the land ‘, a singer you didn't so much listen to as commiserate with.
- 1.1 [with object] • archaic Feel, show, or express pity for (someone): she did not exult in her rival’s fall, but, on the contrary, commiserated herMore example sentences
- Just as I had all the bar-room politicians agreeing wholeheartedly and commiserating me with a dram or two, a fellow angler appeared and, with great flourish, slapped four 10-pounders on the bar.
- If I stay out too late at the pub, I can always tell my future wife I was at your house commiserating you and your marital statue.
- Neighbours commiserated her descent and her miserable sentence, but she saw it otherwise.
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- A few other letters to Mary and Elizabeth are commiserative on the deaths of Eleanor Gates Boyd and on Henry Queen.
- My lack of comprehension, and the fact that I wasn't wearing a wedding ring - something she acknowledged with a pointed finger and commiserative sigh - seemed to confirm her suspicions.
- And yet this sad figure is held up as a beacon of commiserative hope for women?
late 16th century: from Latin commiserat- 'commiserated', from the verb commiserari, from com- 'with' + miserari 'to lament' (from miser 'wretched').