An example of to commiserate is to have compassion for a person going through a divorce.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
Origin of commiseratefrom Classical Latin commiseratus, past participle of commiserari, to pity from com-, intensive + miserari, to pity: see misery
verbcom·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing, com·mis·er·ates
Origin of commiserateLatin commiserārī commiserāt- com- com- miserārī to pity ( from miser wretched )
From commiserātus, the perfect passive participle of commiseror.
(third-person singular simple present commiserates, present participle commiserating, simple past and past participle commiserated)
Modelled upon commiserāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin commiseror.