commiserate

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From commiserātus, the perfect passive participle of commiseror.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

commiserate (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, rare) commiserating, pitying, lamentful
    • 1593: Thomas Nashe, Christ’s Teares over Jerusalem, page 157 (1815 edited republication)
      In the time of Gregory Nazianzene, if we may credit ecclesiastical records, there sprung up the direfulest mortality in Rome that mankind hath been acquainted with; scarce able were the living to bury the dead, and not so much but their streets were digged up for graves, which this holy Father (with no little commiserate heart-bleeding) beholding, commanded all the clergy (for he was at that time their chief bishop) to assemble in prayer and supplications, and deal forcingly beseeching with God, to intermit his fury and forgive them.

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Etymology 2Edit

Modelled upon commiserāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin commiseror.

Alternative formsEdit

  • comiserate (obsolete spelling and modern misspelling)

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

commiserate (third-person singular simple present commiserates, present participle commiserating, simple past and past participle commiserated)

  1. (transitive) To feel or express compassion or sympathy for (someone or something).
  2. (intransitive, as the phrasal verb commiserate with) To sympathize; condole.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To offer condolences jointly with; express sympathy with. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
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TranslationsEdit
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ReferencesEdit

  • commiserate, v.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

Related termsEdit


ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

commiserate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of commiserare
  2. second-person plural imperative of commiserare
  3. feminine plural of commiserato

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LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

commiserāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of commiserātus