Commiserate vs Misery - What's the difference?

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Misery is a related term of commiserate.

Commiserate is a related term of misery.


As a adjective commiserate

is (obsolete|rare) commiserating, pitying, lamentful.

As a verb commiserate

is to feel or express compassion or sympathy for (someone or something).

As a noun misery is

great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.

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commiserate

English

Etymology 1

From , the perfect passive participle of commiseror.

Adjective

(-)
  • (obsolete, rare) commiserating, pitying, lamentful
  • * 1593 : , Christ’s Teares over Jerusalem , page 157 (1815 edited republication)
  • In the time of Gregory Nazianzene, if we may credit ecclesiastical records, there sprung up the direfulest mortality in Rome that mankind hath been acquainted with; scarce able were the living to bury the dead, and not so much but their streets were digged up for graves, which this holy Father (with no little commiserate heart-bleeding) beholding, commanded all the clergy (for he was at that time their chief bishop) to assemble in prayer and supplications, and deal forcingly beseeching with God, to intermit his fury and forgive them.

    References

    * “ †co?mmiserate, ppl. a.'']” listed in the '' [2nd Ed.; 1989

    Etymology 2

    Modelled upon , the perfect passive participial stem of the (etyl) commiseror.

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete) * (l) (obsolete spelling and modern misspelling) * (l) (obsolete spelling and modern misspelling)

    Verb

  • To feel or express compassion or sympathy for (someone or something).
  • (ambitransitive) To offer condolences jointly with; express sympathy with.
  • To sympathize; condole.
  • Derived terms
    * (l), (l) * (l)

    References

    * “ commiserate, v.'']” listed in the ''Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989

    misery

    English

    Noun

    (miseries)
  • Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
  • Ever since his wife left him you can see the misery on his face .
  • Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
  • (Extreme) poverty.
  • Greed; avarice.
  • Synonyms

    * see

    Derived terms

    * put out of one's misery