What does the word commiserate mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Commiseration.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To feel pity for.

Usage examples for commiserate

  1. The des Grassins soon learned the facts of the failure and the violent death of Guillaume Grandet, and they determined to go to their client's house that very evening to commiserate his misfortune and show him some marks of friendship, with a view of ascertaining the motives which had led him to invite the Cruchots to dinner. – Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
  2. I do it out of that selfishness which inspires mankind to perform all their deeds of generosity and self- sacrifice, by making them recognize themselves in all who are unfortunate, by disposing them to commiserate their own calamities in the calamities of others and by inciting them to offer help to a mortal resembling themselves in nature and destiny, so that they think they are succouring themselves in succouring him. – The Gods are Athirst by Anatole France
  3. I did not know how to take her part; only when I saw her sad I had an inclination to draw her to me and to commiserate her like some old nurse: " My poor little orphan one!" – The Wife and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov