A Word A Day : Commiserate

Saturday, 15th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb )

Pronunciation : kae-miz'e-rat

1. To feel or express sorrow or pity for

2. Sympathize with

3. To experience or express compassion

4. Listen to woes of another

5. Express one's sympathetic grief, on the occasion of someone's death

6. To share misery, to feel pity


Latin commiserari, commiserat- : com-, com- + miserari, to pity (from miser, wretched)


1. Compassionate

2. Sympathize

3. Pity

4. Ache

5. Yearn


1. Be indifferent

2. Turn away

Contextual Examples:

• Randy called Sam on the phone to commiserate about life.

• Listen to my tale. When you have heard that, abandon or commiserate me, as you shall judge that I deserve.

Related Words:

1. Commiserable: Adjective

2. Commiseration: Noun

3. Commiserative : Adjective

4. Commiserator : Noun

Enjoy this list and then get around for preparing your own list of words. There is no better way of boosting your words power. The most effective way to build your vocabulary is described in the page on Word Power. Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your Word Power. Take a standard Vocabulary test and then an intelligent test, the result in both will be substantially the same. The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances of success, other things being equal- success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential.

Previous Word| Next Word

Go to The A Word A Day Index

Synonyms and Antonyms

Vocabulary| English Teacher| Etymology| Longest Word | Letter Writing

Proverbs| Misspelled Words| Contractions

From Commiserate to HOME PAGE