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  • adj. Feeling or expressing commiseration, compassion, pity or sympathy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feeling or expressing commiseration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Compassionate.

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

  • adj. feeling or expressing sympathy


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  • Stephanie grinned, raised her cup as if in commiserative salute, and took another sip.

    Stephanie Consults Her Clipboard [Card #7: The Chariot (WORK-IN-PROGRESS — v.5)]

  • Falling asleep stuffed, waking up hungry at midnight, standing over the toilet with Jell-O legs, hoping the forecast for rain is wrong, and savoring morning comforts like an email from home and the first sip of coffee, my commiserative teammate and I wake ourselves up for another race day.

    Ben King Diary: Inside the Team RadioShack bus – still a novelty

  • Their various representatives were everything from commiserative to quietly hostile but there existed no mechanism whereby I might input ideas to help save people's homes.

    Matthew Anderson: The Anatomy of a Foreclosure

  • The next day I had a commiserative -- and tasty -- lunch with FSG publisher Margaret Ferguson which was its own delight and came with the bonus of a gift from editor Wes Adams -- Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader, a novella, Wes assured me, that would provide fine entertainment for my bus trip home.

    Back from NYC

  • The ADL immediately made its presence felt – by turns, assertive externally and commiserative internally.

    Matthew Yglesias » Double Standard: In a Good Way!

  • They have put together a luxe Pennant Push Package and specialty cocktails for sports fans. luxurious accommodations, beer, peanuts, crackerjacks served by room service, poster boards and markers to make signs to take to the game, a limousine ride to and from the ballpark (if you're looking to show up in style), 2008 Cubs or White Sox division champion t-shirt, and a post-game toast or commiserative cocktail in their Seasons Bar.


  • They know Bunting, who talks to them on a cordless phone while milking his cows, will lend a commiserative ear.

    Sour Grapes Over Milk Labeling

  • Most days it's easy, and the casual conversation of a brilliant friend or two wipes away all doubt, and you find yourself feeling that you are in the aorta of the world's best thoughts, and nothing could ever compare to the commiserative ecstasy of shared sentiment.


  • ‘Ms Goodchild, please,’ Reynolds said, his voice calm and still commiserative.

    A Special Relationship

  • Or even if he had just beeped the message beeper thing once, I might have been more commiserative but such was not the case.

    sa-land Diary Entry


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