Definition of commiseration in US English:

commiseration

noun

  • 1Sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; compassion.

    ‘the other actors offered him clumsy commiseration’
    • ‘Sign up, ask me questions, join in our communal commiseration about the lack of chic plus-size maternity clothing options.’
    • ‘He simply didn't wish to degrade either of their sensibilities with points of commiseration.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, an embarrassed American student came in search of commiseration.’
    • ‘You'll find yourself laughing out loud, clapping for the heroine, and feeling reluctant, amused commiseration for the hero.’
    • ‘In commiseration I let him know things could have been worse.’
    • ‘Elizabeth immediately reached out to embrace her, and Jane gladly accepted the offered commiseration.’
    • ‘Announcing his purchase, he is agonisingly torn between arrogant elation and remorseful commiseration.’
    • ‘A nod of commiseration gains the force of imprimatur, becoming an official endorsement of the validity of his opinions.’
    • ‘Jane smiled at Kitty and looked back to Lizzy as though expecting commiseration.’
    • ‘She sat down without a word, simply exchanging a quick glance with Jane, whose eyes flashed with gentle commiseration.’
    • ‘We need to stop this mass commiseration, sharing our collective depression is forging a new link in the chain of despair.’
    • ‘Not a word of apology or commiseration or anything, including common courtesy, did I get from her.’
    • ‘Sophie was all welcoming friendliness, but he was looking for commiseration.’
    • ‘Homer, who, of all poets, knew best how to exhibit the emotions of a vehement affection, seldom attempts to excite commiseration.’
    • ‘Our society is drowning in a sea of alcohol; every celebration or commiseration is awash with it.’
    • ‘This time, Billy Stone came prepared with more than words of commiseration.’
    • ‘My thanks to Dr. Kulkarni for the presentation and my commiserations.’
    • ‘The dark side represents an abandonment of oppositional discourse, opting instead for self-referential confirmation and commiseration.’
    • ‘The great damage people have suffered during the past fifteen-year struggle in Kashmir have failed to evoke commiseration from the world community.’
    • ‘It's possible we've reached a moment of creative commiseration.’
    condolences, sympathy, pity, comfort, solace, consolation
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    1. 1.1commiserations Expressions of sympathy and sorrow for another.
      ‘our commiserations to those who didn't win’
      • ‘And you had the immediate feedback, the jubilation or the commiserations.’
      • ‘My commiserations to those poor unfortunate souls who returned to college today.’
      • ‘To the tens of millions who voted for John Kerry, my commiserations.’
      • ‘Our commiserations to the under-14s who were recently beaten in the final of the Laois Féile by Portlaoise in a very exciting game.’
      • ‘I offer you my commiserations on the situation in which you find yourself.’
      • ‘I'm raising a glass for you, whether for celebrations or commiserations.’
      • ‘The clerks, now ignoring me, continued their cheery boasts of difficult finds and commiserations on last minute telephone requests.’
      • ‘Congratulations, or commiserations, are due to them all.’
      • ‘I just want to send my commiserations to his family for what they must be going through.’
      • ‘As he blew the final whistle Collina walked over to the distraught Kahn to offer his commiserations but Kahn was unmoved.’
      • ‘Commiserations to Anna on missing the guild's trip to Tenerife.’
      • ‘Some prominent Americans think that Cuba's would-be critics need our assistance, not just our commiseration.’
      • ‘Commiserations to the seniors who lost the quarter final championship match to Moorefield on Sunday evening in Newbridge.’
      • ‘Commiserations are extended to Carnacon Under 16 girls who lost their semi-final 4-9 to 3-7 to Kilmovee at the weekend.’
      • ‘Meanwhile commiserations to four former City players who appeared for Southport in their 1-0 FA Trophy defeat to Cheltenham Town at Wembley on Sunday.’
      • ‘Commiserations to the u - 21s who were beaten by Camross / Kyle in the final last Saturday.’
      • ‘To the victors our sincere congratulations, to the vanquished our equally sincere commiserations.’
      • ‘Commiserations to our footballers who were defeated in their eastern Intermediate semifinal on Saturday evening in Fenor against a stronger De La Salle side.’
      • ‘Offering their hands, their congratulations were merely my commiserations.’
      • ‘For those of you who missed the Ashes series - my commiserations.’

Pronunciation

commiseration

/kəˌmizəˈrāSH(ə)n//kəˌmɪzəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/