from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To feel or express sorrow or pity for; sympathize with.
  • intransitive v. To feel or express sympathy: commiserated over their failure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. commiserating, pitying, lamentful
  • v. To feel or express compassion or sympathy for (someone or something).
  • v. To offer condolences jointly with; express sympathy with.
  • v. To sympathize; condole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To feel sorrow, regret, or compassion for, through sympathy; compassionate; pity: applied to persons or things: as, to commiserate a person or his condition.
  • To regret; lament; deplore; be sorry for.
  • To express pity for; condole with: as, he commiserated him on his misfortune.
  • Synonyms To sympathize with, feel for, condole with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to feel or express sympathy or compassion


Latin commiserārī, commiserāt- : com-, com- + miserārī, to pity (from miser, wretched).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From commiserātus, the perfect passive participle of commiseror. (Wiktionary)
Modelled upon commiserāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin commiseror. (Wiktionary)



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