commiserator


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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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(10) Denis Feeney (1999, 178-94) suggests that the countercurrent provokes self-reflection on the reader's status as voyeur, commiserator, etc., with omniscience.
You have probably already figured out that the commiserator was the referee in question.
Karl and his commiserator Robinson are now subservient to their former traveling companion, Delamarche, as well.