was a transitive verb for about three centuries:

• She did not exult in her rival's fall, but, on the contrary, commiserated her —H. Ainsworth, 1871

but under the influence of condole with and sympathize with, it is now construed with with (despite the disapproval of Fowler, modified somewhat by Gowers):

• We often commiserate with ourselves, feeling that no one has to go through what we are called to endure, and that no one understands —Evangelical Times, 2005.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • Commiserate — Com*mis er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Commiserated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commiserating}.] [L. commiseratus, p. p. of commiserari to commiserate; com + miserari to pity. See {Miserable}.] To feel sorrow, pain, or regret for; to pity. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commiserate — c.1600, from L. commiseratus, pp. of commiserari to pity, bewail (see COMMISERATION (Cf. commiseration)). Related: Commiserated; commiserating. An O.E. loan translation of commiserate was efensargian …   Etymology dictionary

  • commiserate — index sympathize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • commiserate — [v] listen to woes of another ache, compassionate, condole, console, feel, feel for, have mercy, pity, share sorrow, sympathize; concepts 110,596 Ant. be indifferent, turn away …   New thesaurus

  • commiserate — ► VERB ▪ express sympathy or pity; sympathize. DERIVATIVES commiseration noun. ORIGIN Latin commiserari, from miserari to lament …   English terms dictionary

  • commiserate — [kə miz′ər āt΄] vt. commiserated, commiserating [< L commiseratus, pp. of commiserari, to pity < com , intens. + miserari, to pity: see MISERY] to feel or show sorrow or pity for vi. to condole or sympathize (with) SYN. PITY commiseration n …   English World dictionary

  • commiserate — v. (d; intr.) to commiserate on; with (I commiserate with you on your misfortune) * * * [kə mɪzəreɪt] with (I commiserate with you on your misfortune) (d; intr.) to commiserate on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • commiserate — UK [kəˈmɪzəreɪt] / US [kəˈmɪzəˌreɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms commiserate : present tense I/you/we/they commiserate he/she/it commiserates present participle commiserating past tense commiserated past participle commiserated to express… …   English dictionary

  • commiserate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. pity, condole. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. share sorrow, condole, console, empathize; see pity 1 , sympathize . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [kuh MIZ uh RATE] to pity or feel… …   English dictionary for students

  • commiserate — [[t]kəmɪ̱zəreɪt[/t]] commiserates, commiserating, commiserated VERB If you commiserate with someone, you show them pity or sympathy when something unpleasant has happened to them. [V with n] When I lost, he commiserated with me. Derived words:… …   English dictionary