commiserative


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.

com·mis·er·ate

 (kə-mĭz′ə-rāt′)
v. com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing, com·mis·er·ates
v.tr.
To feel or express sorrow or pity for; sympathize with.
v.intr.
To feel or express sympathy: commiserated over their failure.

[Latin commiserārī, commiserāt- : com-, com- + miserārī, to pity (from miser, wretched).]

com·mis′er·a′tive adj.
com·mis′er·a′tive·ly adv.
com·mis′er·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.commiserative - feeling or expressing sympathy; "made commiserative clicking sounds with his tongue"- Kenneth Roberts
sympathetic - expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward; "sympathetic to the students' cause"; "a sympathetic observer"; "a sympathetic gesture"

commiserative

adjective
Feeling or expressing pity:
Archaic: piteous, pitiful.
References in periodicals archive ?
Radcliffe defines compassion, accordingly, as "a commiserative emotional reaction to human pain and suffering," or "'an affective sensitivity to human need that, in appropriate circumstances, gives rise to benevolent actions" (51).
CONFIDENT: Brett Goldspink hopes to be buy Ian Millward a commiserative beer