commiserative


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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.
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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"
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commiserative

adjective
Feeling or expressing pity:
Archaic: piteous, pitiful.
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It's a scene likely to be repeated in Northern California's wine industry for years to come, the commiserative sharing of each person's experience during the fires.
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