V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to feel and show sympathy or share sadness
Synonyms: sympathize, pity
Tips: Commiserate is used in the context of sharing sadness or problems. It is closely related to the word misery and has its roots in the Latin miser, "miserable." When you add the Latin prefix co-, "with, together" with the Latin root miser, "miserable," you get commiserate, "to share someone's misery." People usually commiserate because they are in the same situation. The related noun commiseration refers to compassion, sympathy, or the sharing of problems.
Will you join me for a cup of coffee and commiserate with me over all the work we have to do this week? (sympathize)
Our support group meets each month to commiserate over problems we have at work. (share sadness, pity each other)
He gave me a look of commiseration as I left the principal's office in tears. (sympathy, compassion, pity) noun
I found it difficult to commiserate with her, because I didn't think she had anything to be upset about. (sympathize, share sadness)
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