Definition of commiserate
commiserationplay \kə-ˌmi-zə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
commiserativeplay \kə-ˈmi-zə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
Examples of commiserate in a Sentence
“Did you enjoy your breakfast?” “The eggs were runny.” “I know.” The woman commiserated. “I was thinking, I should just have barged into the kitchen and done them myself.” —Alice Munro, Runaway, (2004) 2005
The other potters seemed to slump as one into dejection, all but abandoning their work in favor of long, lugubrious visits to the wine shop, where they commiserated with one another. —Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard, (2001) 2003
“I been readin' about it,” she said, referring to the recent breakup of my marriage. … “It's too bad,” she commiserated. —Arthur Miller, Timebends, 1987
The pain of losing is diverting. So is the thrill of winning. Winning, however, is lonelier, because those you've taken money from are not apt to commiserate with you. —David Mamet, New York Times Magazine, 20 Apr. 1986
The players commiserated over their loss in the championship game.
Recent Examples of commiserate from the Web
On the group’s Facebook page, former members commiserate over their inability to get their kids involved.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'commiserate'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of commiserate
Latin commiseratus, past participle of commiserari, from com- + miserari to pity, from miser wretched
First Known Use: circa 1584
COMMISERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commiserate for English Language Learners
: to express sadness or sympathy for someone who has experienced something unpleasant
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up commiserate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).