To commiserate is to feel sympathy, compassion, or pity for someone, usually over some kind of bad luck. To sympathize or empathize with someone, often over a loss.

Com*mis"er*ate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commiserated; p. pr. & vb. n. Commiserating.] [L. commiseratus, p. p. of commiserari to commiserate; com- + miserari to pity. See Miserable.]

To feel sorrow, pain, or regret for; to pity.

Then must we those, who groan, beneath the weight Of age, disease, or want, commiserate. Denham.

We should commiserate our mutual ignorance. Locke.

Syn. -- To pity; compassionate; lament; condole.


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